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A17.4-2015 Guide For Emergency Personnel

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Publication Date: 2015



ASME has been publishing the ASME A17.4, Guide for Emergency Personnel since 1972. This guide was originally developed as a result of a demand from many building owners, lessees, and operating managements needing guidance for the evacuation of passengers from stalled elevator cars. Today it has evolved to provide guidance for the evacuation of passengers from stalled elevator cars as well as firefighters’ service operating procedures.

Significant revisions and updates have been made since the last publication in 1999.

Key changes to this revision include:

  • Rescue team organization and training;
  • Evacuation procedures from elevator cars;
  • Rescue following an earthquake;
  • Elevator system lockdown;
  • Firefighters’ service operating procedures (updated to 2010 edition of A17.1)
  • Emergency/standby power operation.
A17.4 is to be used in conjunction with other volumes of ASME’s A17 series of safety standards. Careful application of these A17 safety standards will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdictions, while achieving the operational and safety benefits to be gained from the many industry best-practices detailed within these volumes.

Intended for building owners, lessees, and operating managements, along with anyone engaged in the safety of elevators, escalators and related conveyances.

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ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

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