Monday, November 15, 2010

ASME Symposium to Further Examine Use of Elevators in Emergencies

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the remaining threat of future attacks has led to an extensive reassessment of evacuation procedures in high-rise buildings.  In particular, the use of elevators in emergencies remains a topic of much discussion in the industry.  

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a provider of elevator codes, will conduct a symposium on the use of elevators in fires and other emergencies December 1 – 2 in Orlando, Fla.  

The event will focus on a review of changes being developed to elevator, building, and life safety codes, as well as electrical and other related codes.  The agenda also includes an update on the progress of new ASME codes on the use of elevators for evacuation and firefighting purposes, proposals from U.S. and international experts on implementing changes to building and elevator systems, and presentations on human factors, including training of the public and emergency responders. 

For more information on the symposium, visit ASME’s website.

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