PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
(Board of Boiler Rules)
[Filed October 1, 2019, 11:20 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Changes under consideration to the boiler rules in chapter 296-104 WAC, Board of boiler rules—Substantive.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.79
RCW, Boilers and unfired pressure vessels.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board of boiler rules and department of labor and industries are considering changes that would update and clarify existing rules and increase fees in chapter 296-104 WAC. The board reviews the rules on a regular basis to ensure the rules are consistent with national safety standards for boilers and unfired pressure vessels, and industry practice. The changes under consideration include:
|•||Reorganizing requirements for control and limit devices and fuel controls for power, low-pressure, and heating boilers and HLW potable water heaters;|
|•||Clarifying that an emergency stop switch must be installed for HLW potable hot water heaters with a heating input greater than 400,000 BTU; and|
|•||Converting existing policies requiring entities repairing or altering boilers or pressure vessels to send a controlled copy of a quality control manual to the department prior to starting work, and to send a checklist and certain forms to the department within forty-five days of the date the work is completed, into rules.|
The changes under consideration also increase fees by the fiscal growth factor of 5.08 percent. This is the office of financial management's maximum allowable fiscal growth rate for fiscal year 2020. A fee increase is necessary to cover the program's operating expenses for inspections and other program public safety activities.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: There are no other federal and/or state agencies regulating this subject that require coordination of the rules.
Process for Developing New Rule: The board of boiler rules reviews and approves all rule changes. Interested parties can participate in the adoption process for the new rules and formulation of the proposed rules before publication by contacting the individual listed below. The public can also participate, after changes are proposed, by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Alicia Curry, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400, phone 360-902-6244, fax 360-902-5292, email Alicia.Curry@Lni.wa.gov, web site www.Lni.wa.gov.
October 1, 2019
Terry Chapin, Chair
Board of Boiler Rules