The Mechanical Lowdown / April 2020

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April 2020      


Message from Executive Director Robin Bailey

State offices may be closed to the public during the current pandemic, however, my staff and I are working diligently to ensure that applicants, licensees and consumers continue to receive the highest level of customer service possible. We appreciate the many kind words of thanks and appreciation we have received from all of you via telephone or e-mail expressing gratitude for our continued work during this difficult time. We sincerely hope you and your family stay well.

Applying for a Licensure Examination/Taking an Exam

The boards’ exam vendor, PSI Examination Services, is currently closed due to shelter in place requirements in Las Vegas where they have their headquarters. Unfortunately, because of this closure, applications for examination are not being reviewed and tests are not being administered at the current time. We will continue to provide updates as to when PSI is resuming operations as they are received.

Governor Hogan Extends License Expiration Dates

You are probably aware of the Executive Order issued by Governor Larry Hogan on March 12, 2020, extending license expiration dates to 30 days after the state of emergency has been lifted. We encourage you to continue renewing your license and complying with your continuing education requirements necessary for license renewal as best you can. Visit your board’s home page and click on the red “renew your license” button to get started. 

Links to board home pages:

Elevator Safety Review Board

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)


Master Electricians


Stationary Engineers

Essential Businesses and Following the Stay At Home Order

Governor Hogan ordered all non-essential businesses in Maryland to close by 5 p.m. on March 23, 2020. Read the Stay At Home Directive online. As part of that Order, certain businesses were allowed to remain open if they provide essential services to citizens.

Please note that employees of the Department of Labor are not permitted to interpret the Order on behalf of the governor’s office. Our department has received numerous calls from business owners asking if they are considered “essential services” or not. We understand that it is frustrating not to be certain, but we must refer you to the guidance published by The Governor's Office of Legal Counsel to make that determination. Further guidance was released later. Another help with guidance on the Order was issued after that.

If, after reading the Order and its interpretive guidance, you are still unsure whether or not your business is permitted to operate, there are additional resources to help with clarification. Take the following steps to help make your determination:

See the federal guidelines on critical infrastructure sectors in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s CISA website. Their interpretive guidance and FAQs appear on the home page.

Then, make a good faith effort to act in the spirit of the Order based on:

  1. the Order’s purpose, which is to “reduce the threat to human health caused by the transmission of the novel coronavirus in Maryland, and to protect and save lives”; and
  2. how similar businesses, organizations, and facilities are treated under the Order.

If your business decides to remain open, you must adhere to all applicable guidance from the CDC, MDH, and OSHA regarding social-distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfection. See information on healthy protocols such as social distancing and effective cleaning and disinfection. You can find more guidance from the CDC.

For additional information, including health protocols, financial assistance, unemployment insurance, and more, check the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses webpage for the latest information and guidance. It includes an FAQ that will also be updated regularly.

Finally, the governor’s office has posted a helpful A-Z Resource Guide. It contains guidelines on most everything in our daily lives that have been affected by the state’s evolving COVID-19 response. The information is easy to read and is presented in a glossary-style format.

Contact Us

The offices of the Maryland Home and Mechanical Services Boards currently have limited access to the public. Please be patient with us, as it may take longer than usual to respond to voicemails and e-mails. E-mails are preferable to phone calls at this time. We can be reached using our contact pages for telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of individual staff members, or you may send your concerns to our general e-mail addresses and your message will be routed to the appropriate person.

Elevator Safety Review Board contacts page

Elevator Safety Review Board e-mail address

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) contacts page

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) e-mail address

Locksmiths (e-mail only)

Master Electricians contacts page

Master Electricians e-mail address

Plumbing contacts page

Plumbing e-mail address

Stationary Engineers contact page

Stationary Engineers e-mail address