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Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation

Chapter 296-46B, WAC

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Emergency Rules: Electrical Temporary Permits (Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation)

The purpose of this emergency rulemaking is to adopt emergency rulemaking to issue temporary electrician permits in lieu of certificates of competency to out-of-state electricians as authorized by RCW 19.28.231. Under the emergency rule, electricians who have completed an equivalent state regulated four-year journey level electrical apprenticeship program or possess an equivalent journey level electrician certificate obtained by examination in another state and who can meet the requirements under 19.28.181 are eligible for a temporary permit. The temporary electrician permit is valid for 90 days and is not renewable. A temporary electrician can only work under the permit on jobsites where a general electrical contractor licensed in Washington State has requested and received permission to employ temporary electricians from the departmentís Chief Electrical Inspector. General electrical contractors are required to regularly report the status of temporary electricians and a current copy of the report must be posted at the jobsite and available to the department and any other authority having jurisdiction. The emergency rule also amends language to allow journey level electricians from Canada that have completed at least four years of electrical construction training and have possessed a Red Seal endorsement for one year to become eligible to take the Washington State exam and receive a Certificate of Competency as a journey level electrician. An initial emergency rule (WSR 16-23-129) and CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (WSR 16-23-128) were filed on November 21, 2016. This rulemaking renews the emergency rules while the permanent rulemaking process continues. The changes were adopted 3/21/2017 and became effective on 3/21/2017.792.

3/21/2017

PDF: Emergency Order Adoption (CR 103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

3/21/2017

Rule Changes Effective

Electrical Temporary Permits (Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to develop permanent rules for the issuance of temporary permits lieu of certificates of competency for electricians coming from another state as authorized by RCW 19.28.231 and the eligibility of Canadian Red Seal endorsed journeyperson construction electricians to qualify for the Washington journey level electrician competency examination.784.

11/21/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Emergency Rules: Electrical Temporary Permits (Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation)

The purpose of this emergency rulemaking is to adopt emergency rulemaking to issue temporary electrician permits in lieu of certificates of competency to out-of-state electricians as authorized by RCW 19.28.231. Under the emergency rule, electricians who have completed an equivalent state regulated four-year journey level electrical apprenticeship program or possess an equivalent journey level electrician certificate obtained by examination in another state and who can meet the requirements under 19.28.181 are eligible for a temporary permit. The temporary electrician permit is valid for 90 days and is not renewable. A temporary electrician can only work under the permit on jobsites where a general electrical contractor licensed in Washington State has requested and received permission to employ temporary electricians from the departmentís Chief Electrical Inspector. General electrical contractors are required to regularly report the status of temporary electricians and a current copy of the report must be posted at the jobsite and available to the department and any other authority having jurisdiction. The emergency rule also amends language to allow journey level electricians from Canada that have completed at least four years of electrical construction training and have possessed a Red Seal endorsement for one year to become eligible to take the Washington State exam and receive a Certificate of Competency as a journey level electrician. The changes were adopted 11/21/2016 and became effective on 11/21/2016.783.

11/21/2016

PDF: Emergency Order Adoption (CR 103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

11/21/2016

Rule Changes Effective

Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation (Chapter 296-46B WAC)

The Department is proposing amendments to adopt new safety code requirements from the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and to the existing electrical rules. The electrical rules are systematically reviewed each code cycle for consistency with national electrical safety standards and industry practice, for rule clarity, housekeeping changes, etc. The proposed amendments are needed to: - Adopt the 2017 NEC in the state of Washington; - Amend the 2017 NEC safety requirements to eliminate rule conflicts; - Amend the rules for clarity, to improve safety and reflect current processes; - Amend language for consistency with statutory requirements; - Adopt proposals requested by stakeholders, such as: - Modifying requirements for kitchen peninsula receptacle outlets; - Expanding the qualifications for continuing education instructors; and - Adopting ground-fault testing requirements for large branch circuits. - Adopt rules to formalize existing policies that are standard practice of the Department and accepted by the industry; - Amend language for general housekeeping, grammatical and reference corrections to bring the rules up to date. For more information on this rulemaking, visit the L&I website at: http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Electrical/LawRulePol/RuleDev/default.asp. Interested parties can sign up for e-mail updates at: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Main/Listservs/Electrical.asp779.

4/6/2017

Public Hearing

4/6/2017

Comments Due

2/28/2017

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

9/20/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Electrical Fee Increase (Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation)

This rulemaking increases the electrical fees by the fiscal-growth factor rate of 4.32% for fiscal year 2017 (within the allowable fiscal growth rate established by the Office of Financial Management) in Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation. The Electrical Programís budget and projected revenue were evaluated and a fee increase is necessary to support the programís operating expenses and to maintain an acceptable level of services for customers. The changes were adopted 11/22/2016 and became effective on 1/1/2017.770.

1/1/2017

Rule Changes Effective

11/22/2016

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

9/30/2016

Public Hearing

9/30/2016

Comments Due

8/23/2016

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

7/5/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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