WSR 17-16-134
(Board of Boiler Rules)
[Filed August 1, 2017, 9:28 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amendments to sections of chapter 296-104 WAC, Board of boiler rulesSubstantive, for clarification and technical changes.
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 the department of labor and industries (L&I) boiler program are considering amendments to chapter 296-104 WAC, Board of boiler rulesSubstantive, to clarify the rules and make technical changes. The boiler rules are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the rules are consistent with national boiler and unfired pressure vessel safety standards and industry practice, for rule clarity, housekeeping, etc.
Amendments for consideration will:
Automatically adopt the current edition of the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) for in-service inspection and nonnuclear repairs and alterations of boilers and unfired pressure vessels in the rules;
Modify the rules to make the installer of boilers and pressure vessels responsible for permit requirements, permit fees and civil penalties;
Eliminate the permit exemption for owner/user inspection agencies and Washington state specials to require permit, filing, permit fees and civil penalties;
Outline procedures for removing "condemned boilers or unfired pressure vessels" from service;
Create new definitions to define the usage status of a vessel, such as active, inactive, out-of-service, and scrapped;
Create a new definition for "installer"; and
Modify the board of boiler rules meeting schedule to quarterly, as opposed to specified months.
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: 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 amendments are proposed by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process.
For more information on this rule making, visit the L&I web site at or interested parties can sign up for email updates at
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Alicia Curry, Management Analyst, L&I, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400, phone (360) 902-6244, fax (360) 902-5292, email
August 1, 2017
Terry Chapin, Chair
Board of Boiler Rules