WSR 18-14-113
(Board of Boiler Rules)
[Filed July 5, 2018, 10:47 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amendments and fee increase to the boiler rules, chapter 296-104 WAC, Board of boiler rulesSubstantive.
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 labor and industries' boiler program is [are] considering amending the boiler rules to adopt new safety code requirements and clarify existing rules. 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.
In addition, the department is considering a fee increase by the fiscal-growth factor of four percent for fiscal year 2019 (OFM's maximum allowable fiscal growth rate). The boiler program's budget and projected revenue indicate a fee increase is necessary to cover the program's operating expenses.
Amendments for consideration will:
Adopt the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC), Part 4, current edition as the standard for installation, inservice inspection, and repair of pressure relief devices.
Adopt the NBIC, Part 1, current edition, as the standard for installation of nonnuclear boilers, unfired pressure vessels and safety devices.
Adopt the NBIC, Part 3, current edition for nonnuclear repairs and alterations.
Adopt the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), Section 608.5 for discharge piping requirements for water heaters.
Amend language to align with NBIC NB-263 RCI-1 for inspector commissions and endorsements.
Clarify the duties of inservice inspectors in relation to other standards and requirements for which other regulatory agencies have authority or responsibility.
Clarify the "hot water heater" requirements in the definitions.
Increase fees by the fiscal-growth factor of four percent for fiscal year 2019.
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 requires 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 amendments 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, web site
July 5, 2018
Terry Chapin, Chair
Board of Boiler Rules