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Heads Up! New WAC revisions effective June 30, 2008

During the May 2008 meeting, the Board of Boiler Rules voted to approve eight revisions to the boiler WACs. The most significant changes were to eliminate conflicts with our law and the codes we adopt. Here is a short summary:

  • WAC 296-104-010 – Added a new definition for “expansion tanks.” This definition references ASME Section IV HG. 709. Please review this Code section to ensure compliance.
  • WAC 296-104-010 – Revised the definition of “power boiler” by deleting the words “other fluid.” This change is to eliminate the conflict with ASME Section I and the regulation of exempt “fired oil heaters.”
  • WAC 296-104-050 – Changed the requirements for the National Board and State Exam.
  • WAC 296-104-100 – Provided for extended frequency of internal inspections for power boilers having NB Owner/Users programs.
  • WAC 296-104-155 – Added additional safety rules for owners preparing for boiler inspections.
  • WAC 296-104-200 – Adopted the 2007 ASME Construction Codes.
  • WAC 296-104-700 – Increased fees based on the Office of Financial Management’s fiscal growth factor.

See the updated Washington State Boiler regulation online at The minutes of the May board meeting will be posted later after they have been approved at the September board meeting.


    L&I's Contractor Training Days expanded to include boiler training

    Recently the Boiler Program joined other L&I programs, such as electrical, plumbing and contractor registration, to provide essential training and information to contractors attending workshops at Contractor Training Day.

    The Boiler Program training was to help boiler-installation contractors achieve compliant installations.  Mike Carlson gave the first presentation at the Seattle training. Attendance was very good, and Mike received a positive response and some useful feedback to consider for the next training.

    If you are interested in attending this training, the next session will be in Spokane on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. Visit Free Contractor Training Days for more information.


    Washington State Boiler Program welcomes the NBIC Main Committee to Bellevue

    The National Board's NBIC (National Board Inspection Code) Main Committee will be meeting in Bellevue on July 21-25, 2008, at the Sheraton Bellevue Hotel. Anyone using and impacted by changes to the NBIC are encouraged to attend these committee meetings. Your participation does make a difference.


    Congratulations WSBIA Members and Officers

    Thanks to the commitment of the Washington State Boiler Association’s members and officers, the 44th annual meeting held in March was again a major success. More than 100 boiler inspectors, manufacturers, distributors, repair organizations, operators, etc., attended the full-day meeting in Tukwila. The focus this year was alternative energy sources including co-generation from the Sierra Pacific Lumber Mill in Burlington and nuclear energy from Energy Northwest, Washington’s only operating nuclear plant (which just recently celebrating 50 years in providing economical energy to the northwest). The day was full of excellent presentations by knowledgeable people in the field.

    WSBIA was established 55 years ago, in 1954 – about the same time as the Washington State boiler law. The original purpose of this association was to “promote understanding among its members through study and discussion of construction, installation, inspection, safe operation and maintenance of all boilers and pressure vessels.” For over fifty years, the association has been doing just that.

    A special thanks goes to our own Mike Carlson for his terrific job as a WSBIA officer, first as secretary, then vice chair and as chair for 2007.  We are pleased to announce that Edward Jackson, City of Seattle, has taken over the role of chair for 2008.


    Mike Carlson


    Don’t miss out on next year’s meeting which will be back at The Museum of Flight on March 12, 2009.


    Welcome a new Boiler Inspector

    Billy Gaines joines us this March as our new Boiler/Pressure Vessel Inspector 2 in the Spokane office. Billy is a Navy veteran and has extensive background and experience as an inspector working for private industry, insurance companies and other jurisdictions. Billy's certifications include boiler and pressure vessel construction and in-service inspection, nondestructive examination, nuclear and supervisory certification.


    Boiler Program tracking "red tag" violations

    We’re pleased to tell you about a new system for documenting and tracking serious violations – those that are considered an imminent hazard that requires the boiler/pressure vessel to be taken out of service, or “red-tagged.”

    For years, the program has had a computer program that tracked non-compliance incidents, but it did not indicate the severity of the violation. Our staff recognized this shortcoming and took steps to develop a new system to track these hazardous violations. It was implemented at the beginning of the year.

    So far this year, inspectors have reported more than 20 of these dangerous conditions. A number of these violations were found in industry but just as many were located in schools, churches and restaurants.  We’ll be using this information to improve compliance and enhance public safety.


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NBIC Main Committee Meeting

July 21-25, 2008
8:00 a.m.
Sheraton Bellevue Hotel


Board of Boiler Rules

Our next Board of Boiler Rules Meeting will be held:

September 9 & 10, 2008 at 10 a.m, Room 3
Tacoma Labor & Industries
950 Broadway, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA

Future meetings will be November 18 & 19, 2008. View the agenda and minutes from past meetings.


Washington State Boiler Inspectors Association (WSBIA)

The Washington State Boiler Inspectors Association (WSBIA) holds a lunch meeting on the first working Monday of each month to discuss current topics. The August 4 meeting will be held at:

Goldie's Airport Way
3924 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA

To receive an invitation to upcoming events, contact the association at:


As the Department of Labor & Industries Boiler/Pressure Vessel Section, we are working hard to provide you with quality customer service. Sign up for our Listserv and receive safety bulletins and news.


Please see the L&I Boiler Inspector Web page to find the inspector in your area.

For questions about boiler regulations, fees and forms, please contact:

Tony Oda, Technical Specialist
Phone: 360-902-4983

Alicia Curry, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 360-902-5271

Karol Conly, Customer Service Specialist (Supervisor)
Phone: 360-902-5273

Kay Piesch, Customer Service Specialist
Phone: 360-902-5272

Annabel Schmidt, Customer Service Specialist
Phone: 360-902-5267

Department of Labor & Industries
Boiler Program
Phone: 360-902-6400
Fax: 360-902-5292

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