Rise Up Safe Rider promoted at ACUHO-I / APPA Housing Facilities Conference

As a cooperative effort, the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation and Elevator U attended the Housing Facilities Conference, October 12-15, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.   This conference was co-sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) and APPA: The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA).

The Conference “Keeping on Track” Providing the Foundation for Quality Student Housing, fostered leadership, addressed challenges, and explored trends in college and university housing. 

The newly developed university program, Rise Up Safe Rider is now available through the EESF website, as well as with a link from the Elevator U website.   

EESF and EU worked together for several years to create a campaign for the university setting.  Several universities were invited to participate in the development of the program.  Concepts were used from communication classes at both Michigan State University and Purdue University.  Initial components plus an entertaining video of students exploring safe riding methods were developed by Michigan State University. 

Rise Up Safe Rider program materials are user-friendly for malls, airports, and transit systems, as they are generic in the safe riding rules with eye-catching graphics. 

The Goal of the Rise Up Safe Rider informational program is to educate the college and university students on the safe and proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walks. 

Program materials include:  Posters, Tri-fold informational brochure, Public Service Announcement, Press Release, Safety Article and support material for informational booths and a Residence Assistants program. 

The Conference provided a great opportunity for members of both the ACHUHO-I and APPA groups to learn about the successful effort between EESF, the student volunteers from Michigan State University and Elevator U in creating the Rise Up Safe Rider safety program.  It was anticipated that the majority of those who attended this session had not had any prior exposure to either EESF or Elevator U.  Both EESF and EU benefited by getting our messages out to them in this setting by distributing over 300 Rise Up Safe Rider brochures to interested volunteers, as well as promotional information about membership in Both EESF and Elevator U.   

The next event will be held October 3-6, 2011, in Orlando, FL.   Discussion between EESF and EU is underway on the next collaboration.  

If you are interested in the Rise Up Safe Rider program, visit www.eesf.org/ education/ riseupsaferider_information.html.   For more information about the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, please contact EESF at (800) 949-6442, Info@EESF.org or visit the website at www.EESF.org.   Information about Elevator U can be found at www.elevatoru.org.

2011 Elevator U Conference Dates Set

Mark your calendars everyone! June 7th – 9th are the dates for the 2011 Elevator U Conference! The event will take place at Penn State University and our conference committee and hosts are working diligently to get everything finalized so we can turn on the online registration in early 2011.  Stay tuned for more information and make sure you sign up for our e-newsletter so you’re the first to know when registration does open.

EESF Attends the Elevator U Conference at Purdue University

August 25, 2010 – The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) attended the Elevator U Conference at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana on June 8 – 10, 2010 where release of the new EESF / Elevator U Safety program, Rise Up Safe Rider, was announced.

EESF and Elevator U not only care about maintaining the highest standards of university facilities management, but also about safety education available to college students.  These organizations wish to prevent any injury or death because of lack of elevator knowledge. 

Rise Up Safe Rider is a safety kit developed for university resident assistants, student government representatives, public safety officials, on-campus elevator shops and on-campus media such as the newspaper, television and radio stations. 

The safety kit, which is available by download from both www.EESF.org and www.ElevatorU.org, consists of a Planning Guide, safety posters for elevators, escalators and moving walks, a brochure, a radio public service announcement as well as an article and press release for student publications.

Rise Up Safe Rider program materials are user-friendly for malls, airports and transit systems, as they are generic in the safe riding rules with eye-catching graphics. 

EESF and Elevator U have been working together for the past several years to create a campaign for the university setting.  Several universities were invited to participate in the development of the program.  Concepts were used from Communication classes at both Michigan State University and Purdue University.  Initial components plus an entertaining video of students explaining safe riding methods were developed by Michigan State University. 

EESF and Elevator U appreciate the time of those students involved, especially Kallie McConkie of Michigan State and Tony Barenie of Purdue, who led the student teams and Matt Wright (Michigan State) and Jeff Cooper (Purdue), who served as the Elevator U coordinator with the teams.  EESF and Elevator U also wish to thank Matt Rupp, EESF Marketing Committee Chair, Mike Ryan, EESF Chairman and Marketing Committee member as well as Stuart Rosebrock, C. E. Electronics graphic designer, for assisting in the final stages of development for print materials.  

The final program was presented at the Elevator U Conference, where each attendee was asked to take the materials to their universities, deliver the program and provide feedback. 

During the Conference, Elevator U supported the Foundation by allowing them to host a silent auction on June 9, 2010. 

Elevator U requested each exhibitor bring at least one silent auction item to be displayed in the exhibitor’s booth.  Conference attendees visited each booth to view and bid on the items available.  This gave the exhibitors a unique opportunity to interact with conference attendees and display their products. 

At the conclusion of the event, each exhibitor brought forward their item and the winning bid was announced.  The Elevator U silent auction raised $3,659 for EESF which will be used to help the Foundation achieve its mission. 

In addition to the silent auction, Glenn Duncan of Parts Specialists, Inc. volunteered to conduct a 50/50 raffle with proceeds to go to the EESF.  Duncan sold tickets for two days, collecting $1,402 from attendees and exhibitors alike.  The winning ticket belonged to Gary Schreiber. 

EESF would like to thank the exhibitors for their generous donations of items for the silent auction; everyone who bid on items; those who purchased a raffle ticket and the Board of Elevator U for allowing the event to take place. 

For more information about the Rise Up Safe Rider program, please visit the “Safety Education” page at www.EESF.org. For more information about the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, please visit www.EESF.org, e-mail info@EESF.org or call (251) 479-2199.

Elevator U Conference Attendees

If you attended the 2010 EU Conference at Purdue and are in need of a certificate for either the .8 Continuing Education Class or for the presentations that were given during the regular sessions please send the website committee an e-mail.

The NAEC Education Committee has reviewed your Continuing Education Application for the Elevator U 2010 Annual Conference. We are pleased to inform you that the committee has approved the educational content at a total value of 4.0 CET contact hours and 2.0 CAT contact hours for Continuing Education.

  • Elevator Modernization Team Effort (Gregory)  @ 1.0 CET contact hrs
  • What’s New is the 2010 Elevator Industry Field Employees’ Safety Handbook (Hendrick) @ 1.0 CET/CAT Safety contact hr
  • Future Serviceability Options for Today’s MRL Elevators (Thran) @ 1.0 CET contact hr
  • Emergency Communications & Code Compliance (Dietz) @ 1.0 CET/CAT contact hr

E-mail us if you need a certificate.