On The Level: July 2022

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Vol. 7     |  July 2022

A Note From Mike Arismendez, TDLR Executive Director

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Welcome to the seventh edition of On the Level, our newsletter for our professionals in the building trades. We are pleased to bring you news from TDLR several times a year and hope that you find it helpful.

I am excited to serve as your new Executive Director. I am proud to lead TDLR and look forward to taking the agency to the next level of responsiveness to our licensees and stakeholders. On behalf of the entire agency, we invite your suggestions about what we can do to improve our distribution and content.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you ever have concerns about TDLR and how we serve you.


Mike Arismendez, Jr., Executive Director

Escalator Safety: Riders Beware!

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Did you know that it is the escalator rider's responsibility to enter, ride and exit an escalator in a safe and orderly fashion?

The rider must pay attention to where they're standing on the escalator step and they must hold onto the handrail. The rider should be aware that they are riding a “conveyor” that transports people from one landing to another. (Yes, the modern escalator has hundreds of safety devices and circuits to protect the rider, but the escalator is still a machine that can break down.)

If you're riding an escalator and notice something that does not seem right, please report that to the building manager immediately, to help prevent any mishaps or accidents.

If you are riding an escalator with small children, please take care that they are riding the escalator properly. Always hold their hand.

Just being aware of what you are doing while riding an escalator will help ensure everyone a safe ride.

Update on Adoption of New Texas Accessibility Standards

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The Elimination of Architectural Barriers Program is in the process of updating the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) to clarify existing standards and incorporate new standards, such as electric vehicle charging stations and outdoor recreation areas.

TDLR accepted public comments on the proposed changes for a month earlier this year, and we received many helpful suggestions. TDLR staff and small groups of stakeholders are reviewing the comments to finalize the text. Once the 2022 TAS is finalized, the Architectural Barriers Advisory Board will formally review it and then send it to the Texas Commission for Licensing and Regulation for final approval and adoption.

The Elimination of Architectural Barriers (EAB) law is meant to ensure that buildings and facilities constructed or altered in Texas are accessible and functional for all persons with disabilities. The statute requires compliance with TAS.