"In the Public Interest"


With NAESA International
November 2015
Volume 34-Issue 9

Announcement From NAESA's Executive Committee 

Dorothy M. Stanlaske, who has been the Executive Director for the last 11 years, left NAESA in early October to pursue other opportunities.  We appreciate Dorothy’s stewardship of NAESA’s operations as Executive Director since 2004.  Please join with us in extending good wishes to Dorothy in her future endeavors.  In the interim, all Executive Staff, Education Director, and Consultants, will report directly to Doug Warne, President.
Executive Director Opening

The Executive Committee is announcing the Executive Staff opening for the Executive Director’s position, a full-time salaried position.  Applicants interested in being considered for this position can send a letter (hard copy or electronic), expressing their interest along with a Resume, or Curriculum Vitae, which details education, experience, active participation on codes’ and standards’ committees, including strong working knowledge of the code development, interpretations’ and enforcement process, activity within NAESA, Inspectors Certification history, general knowledge of office administrative operations, strong technical knowledge of vertical transportation equipment, computer operations, etc., to the NAESA Executive Office no later than December 1, 2015.  Hard copies should be mailed to: NAESA Executive Office, PO Box 640, Rochester WA 98579. Electronic copies should be sent to: Emerald McGehee emerald@naesai.org.
December Renewal Period Opens 

The December Renewal period officially opens November 1st. To renew your QEI certification you are required to complete 1.0 CEUs as an Inspector or 1.3 CEUs as an Inspector Supervisor. In addition, you must complete the Maintenance of Qualifications Survey and submit your renewal payment to NAESA International. All of these items MUST be completed prior to your expiration date to avoid a late fee penalty.

Inspectors must obtain 1.0 CEUs prior to renewing certification. This is equivalent to 10 hours of approved continuing education. If you've already obtained 8 hours, you can complete an additional 2 hours online at naesa.webex.com or through www.elevatorbooks.com by taking a course that has been approved by NAESA. Don't forget that Inspection Supervisors are still required to obtain an additional .3 CEUs in Management/Supervision techniques. 
To renew your certification, you must also pay your annual renewal fee which is $150 for members and $200 for non-members. This fee will double during the month following your renewal deadline. You can pay this fee online through NAESAI.org by logging in with your saved email and password. Once you have logged in, you will click on your name in the top right hand corner, scroll down and view the "Renew QEI You will then be able to enter your credit information. If you would like to see a video tutorial of how to access the payment on the NAESA website click here. Payment may also be made by calling NAESA's office at 360-292-4968 or by sending a check to NAESA International's Executive Office, P.O. Box 640, Rochester, WA 98579. Please note: If you are paying by check, payments must be received in NAESA's office no later than December 31st, 2015. 
In addition to fulfilling the required CEUs you must also complete the Maintenance of Qualifications Survey. For those who have a renewal deadline of December 31st, you will receive an email in the next few days detailing a step by step process of how to complete your survey through your NAESAI.org profile. 

All three steps must be completed to renew your certification.
If you do not complete ALL three steps prior to the last day of your renewal date, you WILL be charged a late fee.
Canadian Region Fall Workshops 

To preview the presentation agenda for each workshop please follow the links listed below

Toronto Registration Form and Agenda
Vancouver Registration Form and Agenda

Scheduled Dates and Locations:

Toronto - November 3-4, 2015
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
970 Dixon Rd. 
Toronto, ON M9W 1J9

Vancouver-November 17-18, 2015
Sandman Signature Hotel and Resort
Vancouver Airport
10251 St. Edwards Dr. 
Vancouver, BC V6X 2K9

To Avoid the Late Fees for Vancouver Registration, the deadline is as follows:
VANCOUVER Deadline October 30, 2015, 4:00 p.m. EST

•    NAESA Member registering by the deadline $465.00+HST= $525.45
•    NON-NAESA Member registering by the deadline $ 485.00+HST=$548.05

•    NAESA Member registering after the deadline $560.00+HST=$632.80
•    NON-NAESA Member register after deadline $655.40+HST=$655.40

To register you must contact 
In Memorium

Martin “Marty” J. Connelly, of Houston, Texas, passed away on October 14th, 2015. Marty is survived by his loving wife, Sandy Francis; son Martin J. and his wife, Marisa;  son Kenneth M. and his wife, Katy;  the Connelly grandchildren, Martin J., Katherine "Kacy", Kenneth Jr., Kara Leann, Kristine Lauren, and Kemp Martin Connelly;  sister Patricia Rosa and brothers James and Michael Connelly, as well as many loved in-laws, nieces and nephews.  He served in the United States Air Force as a flight engineer and had a long and distinguished career in the Elevator Industry. In North Aurora, IL, he formed his own company, Home Elevators, Inc. Retirement was not in Marty's vocabulary and he continued to work into 2015.  Marty was QEI Certified and member of NAESA since 2001. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marty’s family at this time. 
Upcoming QEI Dates
NAESA International is now accepting applications for the 2016 QEI Training Courses and Certification Exams. Locations for each course are as follows:
  • Clearwater, FL: March 7th-11th, 2016
  • Phoenix, AZ: April 18th-22nd, 2016 
  • Des Plaines, IL: June 6th-10th, 2016
The QEI (Qualified Elevator Inspector) exam is delivered via a computer, consists of 160 multiple choice questions and must be taken in the presence of two individuals who have been recognized by NAESA as proctors. The exam is open book.  Individuals have the option to attend the course and exam or the exam only.

Individuals who are interested in applying should go to the certification page via the NAESAI.org website and download the QEI
Applicant Handbook. All applications including payment and supporting documentation are due to the Executive Office at least three weeks prior to the start date of the course. Training location information can be found on NAESA’s website at 
NAESA Presents at the 60th Annual Institute for Building Officials
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus January 21st-22nd, 2016

NAESA International will be presenting a two-day seminar on behalf of the University of Minnesota's 60th Annual Institute for Building Officials. This Symposium has been approved by NAESA for 1.4 CEUs (14 hours) towards NAESA QEI renewal. To register visit  http://cce.umn.edu/annual-institute-for-building-officials or call 612-625-2900. 
Striving to Understand

By Jim Runyan,
Educational Director-NAESA International 

Striving to Understand!
By Jim Runyan

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could develop codes that were easy to understand for everyone? A single read of a requirement would bring clarity and the ability to apply it to the equipment with little or no complexity. However, the English language is too complex for such an ideal to come true.

For over two decades I have dealt with the quagmire that comprises our safety codes. I always find it amazing that there is a continuous stream of requests for interpretations at the code committee level.  Thus, it shows that the ideal code language is far from a reality. There are many challenges that face a new inspector. The first hurdle that they must face is to understand the codes that will be part of their everyday inspection activities.

It is not always easy for someone to trade-in their tool box for a stack of code books. Working with the tools is a physical and visual activity; one in which the fruits of their labor can be readily seen. With code however, the world is not as easily recognizable. Reading paragraph after paragraph and trying to develop an image in one’s mind of what the code is trying to say can be a daunting task. Plus, the rewards are not always readily apparent.

Those of us that sit on ASME code committees recognize it is not easy to write code language so that all who read it will recognize the intent in the same manner as those who authored same. How can we effectively enforce a document that can be riddled with misinterpretations and misapplications of the requirements contained therein? The answer, interesting enough, is to “strive to understand”. We will surely fail if we do not try!

Interpreting the code can be difficult at times to say the least. These difficulties in understanding often lead to misinterpretations and create conflict between industry, building owners and enforcement. Misapplication of the code can be costly to building owners and elevator companies. It is therefore imperative that the enforcing authority seeks to understand the code so as to minimize such occurrences in the field. Manufacturers also need to seek a better understanding.  In some cases, their interpretations of the code come in direct conflict with those of the AHJ. Moreover, the AHJ may just use their authority to impose their will without regard to seeking a more clear understanding of the code.

Having sat in the seat of an AHJ, I am aware that those who enforce code must strive to “get it right” as many times as possible so as to be able to justify enforcement. Incorrect enforcement can lead to political solutions that can devalue an AHJ’s ability to do a good job of enforcing safety. So how should they go about getting it right? 

Inspectors must learn to investigate; be able to navigate the myriad of tomes that make up the safety standards for elevator and escalator installations. Inspectors can begin by searching through official interpretations, reading manuals and handbooks on the subject and, of course, communicating with other AHJ’s. The latter is usually effective since it will normally lead to a conclusion that the AHJ’s interpretation is correct due to the number of other jurisdictions whose enforcement of the issue is the same. On the other side of the coin, if an AHJ stands alone on a code matter, it may be that a shift in their thinking is in order.

If we take a look at the basic list of codes that apply to elevators in some fashion, we can see that it can be a daunting task to find the answer:
ASME A17.1/CSA B44
ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Handbook
ASME A17.2
ASME A17.3
ASME A17.4
CSA B44.1/ASME A17.5
ASME A17.6
ASME A17.7/B44.7
ASME A17.8 (in production)
ASME A18.1
ASSE A10.4
CSA B355 (Canadian Standard)
CSA B311 (Canadian Standard)
CSA C22.1 (Canadian Standard)
ICC A117.1 (Accessibility Standard)
NBCC (National Building Code of Canada)
NFPA 13 (Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems)
NFPA 72 (Fire Alarm and Signaling Code)
NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code)
NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)
IBC (International Building Code)
…to name a few!
So where does one begin?

Generally the first document to view is A17.1/B44. This is the industry’s bible when it comes to elevators and escalators. However, this standard often references other standards such as the building code, NFPA 70, NFPA 72, and others. Thus, it is imperative to know how these referenced documents relate to an elevator installation. Some research is required to familiarize one’s self with a myriad of standards to be able to visualize the big picture. Only then can one begin to understand the proper application of the codes involved.

So how does one know when they have a “better understanding” of the code? Read and reread the requirement(s); look for comparisons with other equipment being constructed and installed; research other resource material such as the A17.1/B44 Handbook and handbooks for related standards (e.g. NFPA 70, IBC, etc.) and discuss with other inspectors. Then put the information together and see the big picture if possible. If the big picture is not forthcoming it is probably because you do not have enough information yet. But never give up hope in the quest for better understanding. “Striving to Understand” is essential for all of us in the industry.
2015 NAESA TRAINING CALENDAR (tap here to register for classes on naesai.org)
  • Nov 3-4      Canadian Region 2015 Fall Workshop (Toronto, ON)  
  • Nov 3          Code Update Seminar (East Rutherford, NJ)
  • Nov 13        Live Webinar Escalators and Moving Walks (.5 CEUs-PDT)
  • Nov 14        Live Webinar Car Enclosures (.5 CEUs-PDT)
  • Nov 17-18  Canadian Region 2015 Fall Workshop (Vancouver, BC) 

  • Dec 4     Live Webinar Firefighters Emergency Operations (.5 CEUs-PDT)
  • Dec 5     Live Webinar NFPA 13 & NFPA 72 (.5 CEUs-PDT)
  • Dec 12   Florida Code Update Seminar (Clearwater, FL)
  • Dec 19   Florida Code Update Seminar (Sunrise, FL)
  • Jan 8     Live Webinar Occupancy Evacuation Operation (.5 CEUs- PDT)
  • Jan 9     Live Webinar NFPA 70 (.5 CEUs- PDT)
  • Feb 19-21 NAESA International Board Meetings
MARCH 2016
  • March 5           Florida Code Update Seminar (Clearwater, FL) 
  • March 7-11     QEI Training Course and Exam (Clearwater, FL)  
  • March 17        Code Update Seminar (Ocean City, MD) 
  • March 18-19    Eastern Region Spring Workshop (Ocean City, MD) 
APRIL 2016
  • April 5          Code Update Seminar (Ft. Worth, TX)
  • April 6          Code Update Seminar (Ft. Worth, TX)
  • April 8-9       Central  Region Spring Workshop (Des Plaines, IL)   
  • April 9          Florida Code Update Seminar (Ft. Myers, FL)
  • April 11        Code Update Seminar (Arnold, MO)
  • April 14        Code Update Seminar (Denver, CO) 
  • April 22        Code Update Seminar (Austin, TX)
  • April 15-16   Western Region Spring Workshop (Las Vegas, NV)
  • April 18-22   QEI Training Course and Certification Exam (Phoenix, AZ)
  • April 22        Code Update Seminar (Austin, TX) 
MAY 2016
  • May 14th     Florida Code Update Seminar (Plantation, FL)
  • May 16th     Code Update Seminar (East Rutherford, NJ)
  • May 17th      Code Update Seminar (East Rutherford, NJ)
  • May 19th      Code Update Seminar (Houston, TX)
  • May 20th      Code Update Seminar (Houston, TX)
JUNE 2016
  • June 6-10     QEI Training Course and Exam (Des Plaines, IL)
  • June 18th     Florida Code Update Seminar (Orlando, FL)
  • Oct 13-14     Wisconsin Elevator Symposium (Lake Geneva, WI) 
Nothing in your area? We’ll come to you! We are always excited for new opportunities to work with others in the elevator industry. If you would like to schedule a NAESA seminar, contact Emerald at emerald@naesai.org
Employment Opportunities

City of Miami Beach Senior Elevator Inspector
Job #00596

CLOSING DATE: 11/20/15 11:59 PM
Responsible, technical work in enforcing compliance with applicable national, state, and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations and guidelines in the City's Building Services Department. Work involves reviewing construction plans and specifications and inspecting elevators, escalators, and other mechanical or hand conveying devices. Work involves field and office duties.
•Have three (3) years full-time paid experience as a Certified Elevator Inspector
•Elevator Certificate of Competency issued by the State of Florida
•A valid Driver's License
•Valid Qualified Elevator Inspector (QEI) certificate as required by the State of Florida
1700 Convention Center Drive 
3rd Floor 
Miami Beach, FL 33139 

British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) Seeking Safety Officer
Payrate: $38.79 - $44.92 per hour
Status: Regular Full Time
Reports To: Safety Manager
The Safety Officer is accountable to the Safety Manager, Elevating for maintaining and enhancing public safety by educating the public and industry and ensuring that codes, regulations and standards of safety are understood and observed. Please note: This job would require the individual to complete jobs in Prince George. Please note that we would give consideration to also having a candidate that is based in other regions such as the Interior or other Northern locations.
Requires completion of an elevating apprenticeship or a Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering supplemented by a minimum of five years of related experience in the elevating field.. Preference for a two year diploma from a recognized Institute of Technology for candidates who have completed an apprenticeship.
Will be required to successfully complete an Elevator Inspectors’ Certificate of Qualification examination within the first six months of employment in order to be successful in the competition. Successful completion is defined as a 70% or better score. Will be required to successfully complete the Qualified Elevator Inspector (QEI) Certification within 1 year of employment. This certification is recognized within North America and re-certification is required annually. Passing mark is 70% or better.
Please apply directly via our Careers Page: click here

Lerch Bates Inspection Services Seeking Full-Time, Certified Elevator Inspectors for the Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV Area.
We are an employee-owned organization offering a great environment, top notch professionals and a terrific benefits line up. Submit your resume today to learn more about becoming a part of a great team. The Certified Elevator Inspector will complete, on-site inspections of elevators, escalators and related lifting equipment to verify compliance with related buildings and safety codes for elevators and escalators. He or she will provide written inspection reports to government agencies and/or building owners.
Key Qualifications
  • Current QEI certification required.
  • Solid safety track record.
  • Professional, ethical and service-minded approach to client
  • Knowledge of maintenance practices and ability to evaluate maintenance,repair, housekeeping, and equipment adjustment.
  • Other Requirements
Must maintain current knowledge on applicable building and safety codes.
Ability to write clear, concise and accurate reports.
Ability to travel to client locations locally.
Self-motivated and managed.

Montana Department of Labor and Industry
Do you enjoy performing inspections and ensuring compliance with administrative rules and state law? Does the idea of traveling and exploring the beauty of western Montana appeal to you? If so, please consider joining our Business Standards Division as an Elevator Inspector.We offer health, dental, vision, life, retirement and leave benefits.
This position covers western Montana inspecting elevators, lifts and escalators in portion of Flathead, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, Lake, Lincoln, Hill, Liberty, Toole, Mineral, Sanders and Lewis and Clark Counties. Incumbent will be based in any of the above assigned work areas and must work independently without direct supervision. Requires extensive travel in state car in all types of weather and road conditions with possible overnight stays; and must possess a valid Montana driver's license.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Perform inspections and make decisions about the adequacy of elevator, lifts and escalator installations and ensure they are in compliance with administrative rules, state law, and the adopted building code throughout the state. Work independently and complete elevator inspections without the presence of staff or supervisor.Complete inspections and file elevator inspection report with proper parties. Assure that elevator, lifts, and escalators in the state are safe and comply with current Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. Maintain working knowledge of elevator code and stay current on code revisions. List all code violations clearly on reports and indicate corrections as needed.

To learn more about this position please click here *You are required to attach a cover letter and resume at the time of the application.

PM Associates-Elevator Inspector(s)
Our company performs governmental mandated inspections throughout Pennsylvania.  We have an immediate need of QEI Certified elevator inspectors throughout Pennsylvania but especially in the Southwest region of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh PA area, and Erie PA areas as well as their surrounding counties, to perform routine inspections for a long list of clients as well as witnessing the necessary tests performed by maintenance companies.   We provide our inspectors with a listing of all locations to be serviced and encourage developing new customers while in the course of their employ. We offer competitive pay along with the flexibility to create your own work schedule.  You do not have to be a resident of Pennsylvania to apply for this position. 
Candidates must possess:
  • QEI Certification
  • UCC Certification from Pennsylvania or the willingness to obtain same
  • Proficiency in Word Office, Abode, Gmail
  • Computer with hi speed internet access
  • Smart Phone     
For immediate consideration, please forward your resume along with your current certifications to jobs@pmassociates.com
State of Hawaii-Department of Labor and Industrial Relations-Elevator Inspector I
Salary $3,422 monthly + $1,208 monthly Shortage Differential DUTIES SUMMARY

Receives training in safety laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertinent to the equipment inspected; safety inspection and testing procedures; and accident investigation methods and techniques. Accompanies a higher level Inspector on inspections and receives training in the performance of a variety of activities relating to the inspection and accident investigation involving elevators and kindred equipment. As competence is gained, performs progressively responsible inspection activities.

To view the minimum qualification and experience requirements click here

APPLICATION and SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM http://labor.hawaii.gov/jobs/ or by visiting the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

830 Punchbowl Street, Room 415-Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Recruitment Hours: Mondays thru Fridays 8:00am – 4:00pm

Closed on State Observed Holidays; Submit completed Application and Supplemental Questionnaire to Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl St., Room 415, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Arkansas Department of Labor QEI Inspector Opening

Applicants must be Q.E.I. certified and licensed by the State Elevator Board, or qualified to meet prerequisites to become certified and licensed. They must also possess a current, valid driver's license.

JOB DETAILSPosition No.: 22144270
Class Code: X065C
Grade: C119
Salary Range: $35,554.00 - $42,000.00 per year
Job Type: Full Time
LOCATION: Job City- Little Rock
County/Region: Pulaski
Contact name: Veronica Alexander Phone: 501-682-2811
Email: veronica.alexander@arkansas.gov https://www.ark.org/arstatejobs/index.php Please choose Department of Labor in the dropdown list of agencies and you will see the job posting (Labor Inspector) listed.

Rooney, Irving & Associates Ltd.
One of Canada's largest elevator consultants is growing their greater Toronto area operation and would like to speak to any motivated QEI qualified individual interested in pursuing elevator consulting. In addition to strong communication skills, strong computer skills and a high interest in elevators the successful candidate would be self-motivated. Salary is commensurate with experience and profit-sharing is available. The potential for success and learning is only limited by hours in the day. Please contact Andrew McGregor- amcgregor@rooneyirving.ca

Bureau Veritas NEIS- Full Time Elevator Consultant Roles in CA, TX, NY and Chicago
Due to unprecedented growth last year, National Elevator Inspection Services (NEIS), a Bureau Veritas Company, is expanding its recruiting effort for additional experienced Senior Consultants in the Elevator Industry. The Consultant provides insightful solutions to meet the clients’ needs. The Consultant is responsible for developing relationships with potential clients and managing the project cycle from request for proposal or inspection, writing of reports and proposals, ensuring timely completion of projects, to billing for payment of services.  Maintains expert level industry knowledge through research and writing.  Works collaboratively with support services to ensure the best experience for our clients.  

Must be driven to provide an outstanding customer experience.
- Ability to build a network of current and potential clients.
- Strong technical writing and report development skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects to completion.
- Ability and desire to stay abreast of latest industry developments

Applicant must meet at least one of the following qualifications: 
•    Must have a minimum of five years experience in the elevator trade or industry 
•    A degree in the engineering field 
•    3 years experience as an elevator inspector or mechanic 
•    Certified Q.E.I. inspector with current license

If you are looking for a fruitful opportunity with one of the world's largest and most prestigious inspection, verification and certification companies, contact us today to learn more.

Rob Salazar
Senior Corporate Technical Recruiter
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
Industry and Facilities Division
390 Benmar Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77060
Direct: 281-249-4519 Cell (preferred): 281-814-2816


Is your company or organization looking to hire?
At no additional cost to our members NAESA International will post job opportunities and articles in the Progress, on naesai.org website and also distribute a posting through mass email. Job Postings will remain on the website for a maximum of 3 months.
If you are interested in learning more about what information is needed to post a job opportunity or submit an article please contact Amy Crass at 
amy@naesai.org .
NAESA International DVDs FOR SALE
For a limited time only, NAESA International is offering a combination pack of the Fire Service Operations DVD and Demystifying the Step/Skirt Performance Index Test DVD at a special rate of $150. These items are also available for individual purchase.

The Fire Service Operations DVD will present a visual walk through of Phase I and Phase II elevator recall beginning with ASME A17.1b-1973 and ending with ASME A17.1b-2009/CSA B44b-09. This video presentation will benefit anyone that needs to familiarize themselves with firefighters’ emergency operation on elevators. This package contains two DVDs that will take you step by step through seven editions of code presented in a way that is clear and memorable. The DVD can be used as a teaching tool and may be approved for continuing education credits for NAESA certified inspectors, if a quiz is given by a proctor and completed by all attendees. Please note Canadian Versions are also available.($100.00+shipping)

The Demystifying the Step/Skirt Performance Index Test DVD contains a visual presentation on the history, principles, and requirements of the Step/Skirt Performance Index Test complete with clearly labeled diagrams, animations, examples, and footage depicting an actual test. The presentation is broken up into modular units, allowing the user to explore topics based on level of interest, and later view other topics to complete understanding. It also contains detailed information on the use of the index measuring tools, and a walk through guide on performing the test. Please call 360-292-4968 to place your order.($100.00+shipping)
Old Codebooks for Sale
NAESA's Executive Office has a collection of old code books and many are duplicate copies. If you are interested in purchasing any of the books listed below, please give the office a call at 360-292-4968 to discuss pricing and availability. 
  • A17.2-1973;1979;1988;2001;2007
  • A17.2.1-1993; 1996
  • A17.2.2-1994; 1997
  • A17.3.1-1996
  • Elevator Industry Field Employee’s Safety Handbook: 2000, 2005, 2010
  • A17.2.3-1994;1998
  • A17.3-1990
  • A17.5-1996
  • A17.5-2004
  • B44-2000
  • A18.1-1999 with Addenda; 1999 without Addenda
  • A18.1-2008

NAESA Ware Available

Polos, hats, denim and dress shirts featuring NAESA's new QEI Logo are available!

Embroidery is also available on most items.

Please contact the Executive Office to place your order
360-292-4968 or amy@naesai.org


**All items are subject to availability. Listed price does not include shipping.


Contact Information
Emerald McGehee 
Certification Program Administrator
Ext. 3

Amy Crass
Education Program Administrator
Ext. 4
Email: amy@naesai.org  



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