WSR 97-02-095

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[Filed January 2, 1997, 11:02 a.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-401 WAC, Certification of competency for journeyman electricians and chapter 296-46 WAC, Safety standards--Installing electric wires and equipment--Administrative rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 19.28.060.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Due to recent changes in the statute, these rules need to be revised. The proposed revisions define key terms that form the basis for license and certificate suspension or revocation, clarify what installations are sufficiently accessible for electrical inspections, formulates rules for auditing the records of an electrical contractor, clarifies or changes existing language to match changes in the statute, and rewrites the rules according to the clear rule-writing technique. The rules also need to be modified to change or create a specialty certification and to codify existing electrical policy.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: This subject is solely regulated by the Department of Labor and Industries. No other state or federal agencies are involved.

Process for Developing New Rule: The primary responsibility for developing this rule lies with the chief electrical specialist, the program manager of permits and licensing, with major input from stakeholders in the form of an ad hoc committee, and approval from the Governor's Electrical Board.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jack Watterson, Chief Electrical Specialist, phone (360) 902-5249, FAX (360) 902-5292; or Dan Rasmussen, Permits and Licensing Manager, phone (360) 902-5245, FAX (360) 902-5292; at the Department of Labor and Industries, Construction Compliance and Public Safety Division, P.O. Box 44460, Olympia, WA 98504-4460.

January 2, 1997

Mike Watson

for Mark O. Brown

Director

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office