WSR 08-19-107

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL


[ Filed September 17, 2008, 8:55 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 212-80 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.270.900.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed changes modify the existing rules to include sprinkler fitters in the process for obtaining either a certificate of competency or a trainee certificate. In addition, the changes also include the sprinkler fitters into the procedures for investigation of alleged violations as well as the appeals process and the suspension of certifications. Finally, these changes specify the required fees for the certification process.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The proposed rules were developed with input from a technical assistance group (TAG) comprised of stakeholders from across the fire sprinkler installation industry. The participants included representatives from the Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board of Puget Sound, Road Sprinkler Fitters (AU Local No. 669), various fire sprinkler contractors and the Washington State Fire Marshal's Association.

Process for Developing New Rule:

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mr. Chuck Duffy, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, Office of the State Fire Marshal, P.O. Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504-2600, (360) 596-3913, chuck.duffy@wsp.wa.gov.

September 16, 2008

P. S. Beckley

for John R. Batiste

Chief

Washington State Code Reviser's Office