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Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month
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Building Safety Month

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security strives daily to protect the people and property of Indiana. During Building Safety Month, IDHS highlights its four sections that are focused on ensuring buildings are safe for all Hoosiers. Learn more about them below.

Boilers and Pressure Vessels

Boiler room
Boiler room

This section enforces Indiana's equipment laws regulating boilers and pressure vessels, the devices that produce hot water or steam to heat up buildings and their water supply, or even help generate power. Learn more

Did You Know?
  • Six inspectors are responsible for inspecting, certifying and enforcing various boiler and pressure vessel laws, rules and regulations and applying the appropriate public safety regulation to specific devices, settings, uses and situations.
  • There are roughly 80,000 registered boilers and pressure vessels installed in Indiana.
  • State inspectors are only required to inspect state-owned vessels, and all other vessels must be inspected by statutorily-authorized third-party inspection agencies.

Elevators and Amusement Rides

Inspector testing harness on tower launch ride at theme park

Inspector testing harness on tower launch ride at theme park

This section regulates and inspects elevators and escalators in all types of buildings as well as amusement rides at fairs, theme parks and so on. Learn more

Did You Know?
  • The Elevators and Amusement Rides section regulates all lift devices in the state. This includes temporary construction lifts, elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, ski lifts and tow ropes.
  • There are roughly 20,100 lift devices in Indiana.
  • More than 9,700 lift-device inspections were done between April 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021.
  • The team inspects alterations and new installations of lifting devices for compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Every time you look at a skyline and see a crane, it’s a safe bet to say there are a few more elevators going up, waiting to be inspected.
  • Inspectors also advise local elevator manufacturers, building and fire authorities, architects and engineers on how to apply laws and rules. If necessary to protect the public’s safety, inspectors will halt the operation of units until compliance with codes, laws, rules or regulations is reached and plans or specifications for alterations/repairs are properly filed before releasing a lifting device for normal use. It's about safety!

Building Plan Review

Building plans on paper, with scrolls of paper plans
Building plans on paper, with scrolls of paper plans

This section reviews Class I construction plans for compliance with building codes and safety rules. Learn more

Did You Know?
  • Building Plan Review checks the designs for Class I structures around the state. If a planned new building or structure will be used by the public, 3+ tenants or at least one employee, then that construction plan gets scrutinized for the public's safety.
  • Reviewers examine plans for about 12,000 projects per year.
  • Reviews look for compliance with Indiana's adopted building codes, helping to ensure the continued safety of Hoosiers and their guests as they interact with the built environment.

Code Enforcement

American Ninja Warrior stage inspection scene
American Ninja Warrior stage inspection scene

This section performs inspections and enforces fire and building codes, including those for child care centers, firework stores and outdoor stages. Learn more

Did You Know?
  • More than 15,000 inspections are completed annually, driven by permits and statutorily-required inspections.
  • Code Enforcement inspectors are sometimes the "local fire or building inspector" in their area of the state and work closely with municipalities to serve suburban areas.
  • The section inspects more than 1,400 licensed child cares and ministries every year.
  • Code Enforcement contracts, organizes and manages ICC Class continuing education credits for local building officials across the state.
  • The section has a diverse team of 40 inspectors and managers. Many are former first responders, fire service personnel, military veterans or construction personnel.
  • Two administrative assistants handle all phone calls, emails, permits and interagency support requests. Their hard work on a daily basis helps provide the excellence in customer service that Code Enforcement strives for.
  • The section is in charge of the I-BEAM (Indiana Building Emergency Assessment and Monitoring) team that maintains more than a million dollars' worth of federal grant-funded assets. This team of individuals from both the Code Enforcement and Elevators and Amusement Rides sections helps manage these assets, participates in field days (including detail at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500) and is always on standby should an earthquake or large natural disaster occur that would require deployment.