Elevator maintenance plays a key role in remaining compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Why is this?
It is not uncommon for elevators to stop working from time to time. When this happens, able-bodied can simply climb the stairs or ride the escalator. However, this is not an option for everyone, such as those who use a walker or a wheelchair. Now think about the affect frequent breakdowns and out of order elevators will have on those with disabilities. In order to create a safe place for all, you must be diligent in keeping your building ADA compliant, which includes a well-maintained elevator.
How often do you plan to have maintenance work done? Keeping a regular schedule is important, as is knowing what “regular” means for the elevators in your building. The older your elevator system is, the more often you need maintenance work performed. Over time, the contractors may inform you as to whether it makes sense to modernize instead of repairing the system.
What happens if the elevator stops working and there is an emergency? Wheelchair-bound people are not the only individuals who may need to access the elevator. Medical personnel responding to an emergency may need to use them as well. What arrangements will you make with your contractors to ensure they are available in these instances?
Some elevator breakdowns are obvious; others, not so much. There may be times when the elevators behave unusually but are otherwise functional. Should you shut down all the elevator banks or is that overkill for a potentially minor issue that will correct itself? Knowing you can reach your elevator company to pose the question and get an expert response, reduces the likelihood of elevators being out-of-service when needed.