A person having documented training or experience or both and be familiar with the operation and safety functions of the components and equipment. Training and experience may include recognizing the safety hazards and performing the procedures to which they are assigned in conformance with the requirements of the relevant building code. As outlined in 17.1.
If your building requires fire testing with devices in the hoist way, a plumber that needs access to the sump, a mason or any other trade that does not meet the requirement of “Elevator Personnel” they shall not have access to the hoist way.
There have been several accidents and fatalities with non elevator personnel accessing elevator hoist ways. Take the time to call your elevator service provider and have them assist you in getting in and out of the elevator hoist way safely.