Important Information from TSSA

Unlicensed Elevating Devices Operating within Funeral and Crematory Facilities


In September of 2017, an employee of a funeral home in Ontario fell to his death while operating an unlicensed elevating device. The device was being used to transport caskets between the basement, morgue, and chapel levels of the building.
The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) reminds its licensees (or registrants) that they must comply with all applicable provincial regulations, including those concerning elevators and lifts. In Ontario, you may only operate elevating devices within your licensed facilities if they have been approved and licensed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
The TSSA’s Elevator Regulation defines an elevating device as a non-portable device for hoisting, lowering or otherwise moving persons or freight and includes any machine room, hoistway and hoistway enclosure, supporting structure, terminal, and runway associated with the device. There are many types of elevating devices, including passenger and freight elevators, dumbwaiters, freight platform lifts, and lifts used for moving persons with physical disabilities. If you are unsure about whether your device must be licensed and inspected by the TSSA, please call (877) 682-8772 (menu selection 4) or email eddesignsubmittal@tssa.org for further information.
If you suspect that you have an unlicensed elevating device, please see the following link that will assist you in registering your elevating device.
https://www.tssa.org/Modules/News/BlogComments.aspx?feedId=4ca86901-c2ab-453b-b95b-123f516c0c9f&blogId=3f49f17d-0bad-4969-8bbe-d016d7898c86

More information regarding Elevating Devices and the Bereavement Sector can be found in the documents below.

  1. FAQ for Funeral Homes
  2. Elevating Device Checklist
  3. Elevating Device Registration


If you have any questions or concerns please contact TSSA directly at the number listed above.