A code is a standard that has been adopted by one or more governmental bodies and has the force of law, or when it has been incorporated into a business contract. Symmetry Elevating Solutions and our dealers across the nation consider it our responsibility to only install and provide code compliant lifts for your home, office or building. In the elevator industry there are specific codes that apply and these are the ones that Symmetry abides by.
July 26, 1990 the American Disability Act (ADA) was enacted to eliminate barriers to transportation, public services, telecommunication, employment and public accommodations. In order to enforce the newly enacted ADA law, ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) was developed as a set of guidelines to serve as a basis for standards enforced by the department of justice and the department of transportation. An organization called the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME International, developed an elevator code that is meant to encompass design and installation of new equipment, maintenance, alteration, and inspection; all with respect to the safety of elevators, escalators, and related equipment. Another set of standards for elevators was developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is an organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. These standards ensure that the characteristics and performance of products are consistent, that people use the same definitions and terms, and that products are tested the same way.
ADA, ADAAG, ASME differences:
- ADA is public law
- ASME and ANSI are voluntary compliance standards
- ADAAG is a supporting guideline