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This is the sixth edition of CSA Z98, Passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors. It supersedes the previous editions published in 2001, 1996, 1991, 1978, and 1968 under the title Passenger Ropeways.

This Standard specifies requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, testing, and inspection of passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors.

1 Scope

1.1 General
This Standard specifies requirements for the design, manufacture, construction, modification, operation, inspection, testing, and maintenance of passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors.

Requirements for abnormal or unusual conditions are not specifically provided for, nor are all details of engineering and construction prescribed. It is intended that all work performed within the scope of this Standard meet or exceed the safety standards expressed or implied in this Standard.

This Standard does not purport to address all safety issues associated with passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors. It is the responsibility of the users of this Standard to establish appropriate safety practices and to determine the applicability of any regulatory requirements or limitations.

1.2 Equipment covered
For this Standard, passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors include
(a) reversible above-surface ropeways with single- or double-track ropes;
(b) fixed and detachable grip circulating above-surface monocable, bi-cable, and tri-cable ropeways, including cabin ropeways, chair ropeways, and similar devices;
(c) surface ropeways, including T-bar ropeways, J-bar ropeways, platter ropeways, and similar devices;
(d) tows, including wire and fibre rope tows;
(e) tows for secondary carriers; and
(f) devices with a moving flexible element that
(i) transport persons uphill for recreational or sport activities; or
(ii) are used as loading conveyors.

1.3 Freight
Freight may be carried on the equipment covered by this Standard, provided that allowance has been made in the design and appropriate precautions are taken.

1.4 Existing installations
Existing installations are expected to meet the operation, maintenance, and testing requirements of this edition of this Standard.

Note: It is possible that equipment installed in compliance with previous editions of this Standard will not comply with new design requirements of this edition of this Standard.

1.5 Exceptions
For novel designs, new configurations that cannot be precisely classified, and cases of reported non-conformance, exceptions from the requirements of this Standard may be made, provided that equivalent safety is provided.

1.6 Funicular railways
This Standard may be adopted for use with funicular railways and self-powered reversible above-surface ropeways.

Document History

  1. CSA Z98-14

    Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors

    • Most Recent
  2. CSA Z98-07 (R2012)


    Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors, Includes Update No. 1 (2010)

    • Historical Version
  3. CAN/CSA Z98-01

    Passenger Ropeways

    • Historical Version