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PDFWAC 296-96-02580

Inspection keys.

(1) All keys necessary for the operation and maintenance of the elevator(s) shall be provided and kept on-site in a key retainer box.
(2) The key retainer box shall be:
(a) Located in the elevator lobby at the designated level above the hall buttons or located by the machine room door at a height not more than 1828.8 mm (72 in.) above the floor. Access to the key box shall not require passage through locked doors;
(b) Readily accessible to inspection personnel;
(c) Clearly labeled "ELEVATOR;"
(d) Securely mounted;
(e) Equipped with a 25.4 mm (1 in.) mortise cylinder cam lock with keyway set to a #39504 barrel type key;
(f) Keys for access to the elevator machine rooms and for operating elevator equipment shall be labeled as to their function and kept in the key box;
(g) Mechanical hoistway access devices shall be located in the key box. Where the key cannot fit into the key box, it may be located in the machine/control room;
(h) Where the box cannot be located as indicated in (a) of this subsection, it shall be permitted to be in an unsecured location (such as the outside portion of a condominium). Other arrangements shall be accommodated with the written permission of the department;
(i) No persons except the building owner and inspectors shall have access to the key box; and
(j) All other keys kept elsewhere on-site shall be segregated into groups and secured as required by ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Section 8.1.
The cities of Seattle and Spokane may designate their own options for keys and lockbox arrangement via their rule processes.
Residential elevators are exempt from this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.87.030. WSR 23-17-141, § 296-96-02580, filed 8/22/23, effective 10/2/23. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.87 RCW. WSR 21-18-096, § 296-96-02580, filed 8/31/21, effective 10/1/21; WSR 18-18-070, § 296-96-02580, filed 8/31/18, effective 10/1/18; WSR 13-24-066, § 296-96-02580, filed 11/27/13, effective 1/1/14; WSR 07-24-041, § 296-96-02580, filed 11/30/07, effective 1/1/08.]
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