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1. S&B works for public employee safety and health;
2. Change in distribution of Plumbing Products Register;
3. S&B Elevator Inspector districts were reduced by one due to a retirement and the decision to not refill the position. See new districts map;
4. Reports needed on problems with plumbing products;
5. Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite - Recent Topics;
6. Commercial Building Inspector Con Ed;
7. Asbestos control info on Internet, including training burn guidelines;
8. Electrical Q&A;
9. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training;
10. POWTS turn-ups don't grow in your garden;
11. Upcoming plumbing con ed;
12. If you hear someone remark they didn't see the August WCCR, please remind them that the publication is no longer sent out free to all plumbing credential holders. See below for subscription info;
13. New email groups for S&B programs;
14. So, what does stormwater management have to do with plumbing?;
15. Plumbing information in a Q&A format organized by code section is on the S&B WebSite: http://www. commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PlumbingDatabase Report.html;
16. Workplace numbers will be reported in 2004 by public sector employers; 14. Fax or email code questions;
17. UW-Madison Small Scale Waste Management Project offers a POWTS Maintainer-Qualifier class;
18. New Elevator Inspectors District Map;
19. Fax or email technical codes questions to ...
20. You will find the 2003 S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet;
21. Delegated agents;
22. Check the status of a credential;
23. S&B Codes on the Internet;
24. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code;
25. Plumbing Information database;
26. Contact info for plan review;
27. Paper subscription for the WCCR.
28. About the WCCR
  1. S&B works for public employee safety and health
Safety and health standards to protect Wisconsin's public employees have been assigned by the state legislature to the state Department of Safety and Professional Services. The Safety and Buildings Division develops and enforces the two Commerce administrative codes that are directly involved, Comm 30, Fire Department Safety and Health, and Comm 32, Public Employee Safety and Health. (The requirements of Comm 32 apply to public sector fire departments employees [which include volunteer departments], as well as do those in Comm 30.)
Have you seen the "Public Employee Safety and Health" notice? It's a poster that outlines the department's authority to adopt, inspect, and enforce rules, and to protect employees against discrimination for exercising their rights. All public employers are required to post the notice. The notice also can be accessed on the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-Public SectorSafetyProgram.html. Links to Comm 30 and 32, and to the OSHA Web site are also on the WebSite page noted above, as is S&B contact information. If you have questions regarding Comm 30 or 32 policy or procedures, contact Eric Hands, program manager for the two codes, 608-267-4434, ehands@commerce.state.wi.us. Choose this image to go back to the top.   2. Change in distribution of Plumbing Products Register
The Wisconsin Plumbing Products Register will no longer be mailed free to plumbing and POWTS inspectors. The publication is on the Internet,
http://www. commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PubsPlumbingProductsRegister.html. To order paper copies of the next three issues of the publication, which is produced every four months, send a letter of request and a $25 check to Material Orders, PO Box 2509, Madison, WI 53701.
3. S&B Elevator Inspector districts were reduced by one due to a retirement and the decision to not refill the position. See new districts map.   4. Reports needed on problems with plumbing products
The Safety and Buildings Division is asking for your help in protecting people in Wisconsin against possible dangers of defective plumbing products.
S&B would like to hear about problems you encounter with plumbing products. If you come across products that appear to fail, make a note, take a picture, send an email - find some way to get evidence of the problem to Plumbing Products Reviewer Mike Beckwith. His mailing address is Safety and Buildings, PO Box 7162, Madison, WI 53707-7162. Email mbeckwith@commerce.state.wi.us. Telephone 608-266-6742. To solidly document the problem, you could include the following information, if available: Product name; model, manufacturer's name and address; where purchased; location of installation; date of installation; what the product was serving; description of the installation; description of the problem; what you think was the reason for failure; and any other information that you feel is important. If it's possible for you to send the failed product to Beckwith, he'd like to see it. Once he receives the information, he will investigate the situation. He will provide in writing a response on what he found and if he feels there is something to do about the problem. If the product was sent, he will contact you about its return.   5. Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite - Recent Topics
Q&A's on the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code sections noted below have recently been added to http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCodeAdoptionQuestions.html.
- Comm 62.1109(2)(d), IBC 1003.3.1.1, and Comm 62.2900(4): Door for water closet privacy compartment Choose this image to go back to the top. .   6. Commercial Building Inspector Con Ed
- Fire-Resistive Construction Requirements, August 27, 2003, three credits hours for CBI, fee charged.
- International Building Code, Parts 1, 2, and 3, August 12-14 and September 22-24, three credits per part for CBI, fee charged.
- Understanding the 2003 International Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes, August 28-29 and September 25-26, 12 credits for CBI, fee charged.
All at the Building and Fire Code Academy, Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Contact Beth St. John, 800-488-7057.
  7. Asbestos control info on Internet, including training burn guidelines
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's Asbestos Program intends to reduce the public's possible exposure to asbestos, a mineral used in the past in products such as insulation and floor tile. Asbestos is a known cause of disease.
The DNR regulations in support of the program require facility owners and/or operators involved in demolition and renovation activities to pre-inspect the affected facility, file proper notification, and handle and dispose of asbestos properly. The asbestos program also offers education and assistance with asbestos issues so that owners and/or operators can properly work with the rules. Both the DNR and the Department of Safety and Professional Services have requirements related to firefighting exercises. The DNR has Fire Training Burn guidelines on their Asbestos Program Web site, http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/aw/air/reg/asbestos/asbestos.htm, or contact the program coordinator, Mark Davis, 608-266-3658. Commerce adopted in Comm 30 the asbestos-related fire training standard NFPA 1402. For more information, contact Fire Department Safety and Health Program Manager, Eric Hands, 608-267-4434, ehands@commerce.state.wi.us. The state Department of Health and Family Services administers credentials for asbestos removal and provides other services related to protection of the public from asbestos problems. Choose this image to go back to the top.   8. Electrical Q&A
Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code. For info, contact one of the S&B Electrical Consultants.
Q. Is a box required every place that nonmetallic cable is terminated for a lighting fixture? For instance, I see some installers running the cable through an outside wall for an outside wall bracket and then they screw a fixture strap on the block wall and use the fixture canopy for a splice box.
A. Yes. Section 300.15 requires that where nonmetallic sheathed cable is used, a box or conduit body shall be installed at each conductor splice point, outlet point, switch point, junction point, termination point, or pull point. There are exceptions such as integral junction boxes or wiring compartments which are part of approved equipment. Section 300.15 lists several, none of which seem to pertain to "your" installation.
Q. I'm running EMT across bar joists in a warehouse. The bar joists are approximately five feet on center. I mount outlet boxes on the bar joists for lighting fixtures (luminaires). The inspector says EMT must be fastened within three feet of every box and I have to put up a suitable support such as unistrut at every outlet box to support the EMT. Is this correct?
A. No, Exception 1 to Article 358.30(A) ( first added to the 1990 NEC) allows the fastening of unbroken lengths to be increased to a distance of five feet between supports where structural members do not readily permit fastening within three feet.
The Wisconsin chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors is celebrating its 78th year! 9. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training   10. POWTS turn-ups don't grow in your garden
Private onsite wastewater treatment system turn-ups are those installed in a pressure distribution system at the end of the laterals in order to help with the maintenance of the laterals.
Materials used for the pressure distribution piping network are required to conform to standards listed in Comm Table 84.30-5, Pressurized Drain Pipe and Tubing and Service Suction Lines, or be approved for use by the Safety and Buildings Division under Comm 84.50, Alternate Approvals and Experimental Approvals. There are rumors heard by Safety and Buildings Division staff that electrical conduit sweeps have been used for turn-ups. Electrical conduit sweeps do not meet the standards listed in Table 84.30-5, so they may not be used in pressure distribution piping network piping. Choose this image to go back to the top.   11. Upcoming plumbing con ed
by Lynita Docken, Plumbing Program Manager, Ldocken@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-785-9349
It's always important to keep up with your industry, although it's sometimes hard to take time out to learn about code changes, advancing technology, and new or refined products. Because the plumbing industry is moving ahead, to keep up, we all need continuing education! In order for the Safety and Buildings Division plumbing staff to help you keep up, S&B is planning several continuing education opportunities for you this education season. Winter Continuing Education - Six class hours based on the May 1, 2003 plumbing code revisions. December classes are currently planned for Eau Claire, Green Bay and Waukesha. 2004 winter/spring classes are proposed for Waukesha, West Bend, Hayward, Green Bay, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Dells, Mineral Point and Wausau. (The locations are subject to change; watch the WCCR and the S&B WebSite for details.) Winter Specialty Classes - S&B plans to offer plumbing "specialty" classes in early 2004. These classes are great way to learn about subjects in depth, and are opportunities to explore more about design or brush up for a license/registration/certification exam! The subjects that are currently on the list of specialty class options include:
-Graywater reuse and stormwater use
-Exam preparation
-Multipurpose piping system design
-Cross connection control surveyor
-Stormwater plumbing system design to comply with NR 151
-Restricted appliance topics
-Restricted service topics
-Utility contractor topics
If you have suggestions, contact me as noted above, or you can direct questions to the S&B plumbing staff. 12. If you hear someone remark they didn't see the August WCCR, please remind them that the publication is no longer sent out free to all plumbing credential holders. See below for subscription info.   13. New email groups for S&B programs
Email groups has been set up for six specific S&B programs. You can sign up to receive occasional messages from the Safety and Buildings Division about news that is important to people interested in that program topic. You will receive a confirmation message and will be automatically enrolled. Subsequently, you will be able to un-enroll via a message linked from the bottom of the notifications. The signups are on the program pages: Plumbing || Commercial Buildings || POWTS || Uniform Dwelling Code || Public Sector Safety || Forms.
Choose this image to go back to the top.   14. So, what does stormwater management have to do with plumbing?
by Lynita Docken, Plumbing Program Manager, Ldocken@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-785-9349
Recent events have caused the subject of stormwater to be on some contractors' minds: 1. The Department of Natural Resource's October 1, 2002 implementation of NR 151; 2. The March 10, 2003 one-acre threshold change for construction site erosion control and stormwater management; and 3. The future October 1, 2004 implementation of the post-construction stormwater performance standards. What do you need to know, considering the mandates from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and DNR? This month I want to address post-construction stormwater management and how plumbing fits into the picture (Soil erosion control will be a topic at another time). Here's where Wisconsin contractors, and owners, currently stand in relation to post-construction stormwater management: The Notice of Intent form* that's filed with the Safety and Buildings Division regarding soil erosion measures requires that the owner sign a statement that "I verify that a long-term stormwater management plan meeting the requirements set forth in NR 216.47 has been developed and will be implemented." (The NR administrative codes are available from state document sales, see below, or are online, http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/codtoc.html.) Currently, NR 216.47 states that the long-term stormwater management plan must meet the requirements of NR 151.12 or NR 151.24. NR 151.12 has a delayed implementation date of October 1, 2004. So, at this time there are no statewide performance requirements for post-construction stormwater management (cities or other governments may currently have requirements). There are DNR requirements that the stormwater plan has to be developed and maintenance be provided for any permanent structures installed for the purpose of stormwater management. When plumbing is installed on a site as a part of a stormwater management system, the plumbing must comply with the state uniform plumbing code, Comm 81-87. Plumbing storm systems are integral to the stormwater management plan; today's systems include transport and detention piping, treatment devices, controlled-flow roof drainage, infiltration/dispersal, and stormwater use for irrigation or fixture flushing. All plumbing piping, treatment, and dispersal systems must comply with Comm 81-87. Plan review is currently required by Comm 82.20(1)(a) for all subsurface infiltration systems serving public buildings and for plumbing systems that include 16 or more total plumbing fixtures. Part of the project could be stormwater, i.e., four water closets, four lavatories, one service sink, four roof drains, two hose bibbs, and two area drain inlets. Projects which contain fewer fixtures must still comply with the plumbing code and there is also plan review of some individual fixtures/systems. If plans are submitted for subsurface infiltration, soil profile descriptions are required, as well as consideration of groundwater impact from the infiltration system. The guidelines that are currently being used for stormwater infiltration designs can be found on the S&B website, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PlumbingDatabaseReport82363.pdf. There may be new questions as cities develop their own stormwater management ordinances to prepare for the implementation of NR 151.12. Recently about 80 students attended S&B's stormwater design training to help prepare themselves for the impending changes. When NR 151.12 was developed, the DNR included an option for stormwater use within a plumbing system: "Where alternate uses of runoff are employed, such as for toilet flushing, laundry or irrigation, such alternate use shall be given equal credit toward the infiltration volume required by this paragraph." NR 151.12(5)(c)7. This allowance opens the door for stormwater- use plumbing systems, in addition to current conventional storm piping, treatment and irrigation systems, to provide an option for compliance with NR 151 post-construction stormwater requirements. Comm Table 82.70 lists plumbing treatment standards based on water uses. Any stormwater treated by a plumbing system is required to comply with Table 82.70-1. If you're interested in designing a stormwater- use system, contact one of the S&B plumbing staff. Plumbing systems are included on the stormwater management menu of options. As the plumbing industry moves forward into 2004 and beyond, I think there will be a need for more informed designers, installers and maintainers of these advanced stormwater systems. *The official title of the form is: Notice of Intent For Storm Water Discharges Associated With Commercial Building Construction Activities Under a General WPDES Permit (SBD-10376, R06/03) Choose this image to go back to the top.   15. Plumbing information in a Q&A format organized by code section is on the S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PlumbingDatabaseReport.html   16. Workplace numbers will be reported in 2004 by public sector employers
At the end of 2003, public sector employers will report to the Safety and Buildings Division the same information that is provided to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration by private employers.
To do the reporting to S&B, the public sector employers may use either the federal 301A form or the state SBD-10710 form. Copies of the SBD-10710 form are on the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html. The OSHA forms are on their website, http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html. If you have questions, contact a S&B industrial hygienist or occupational safety inspector.   17. UW-Madison Small Scale Waste Management Project will offer an all-day POWTS Maintainer-Qualifier class Tuesday, October 21, 2003, Arlington UW Research Station A.M. - Pretreatment/Treatment Systems (classroom)
P.M. - Evaluation and Maintenance (classroom and field)
Six credit hours for POWTS maintainer-qualifier, and, continuing education credits for inspector, maintainer, soil tester, plumber and septage hauler (DNR) credentials. Fee $70. Instructor: Jim Converse, UW-Madison. Brochures will be available in September. For more information, contact Jim Peterson, UW Environmental Resources Center, 1545 Observatory Drive, Madison, 53706; 608 262-3799; jopeters@wisc.edu 18. New Elevator Inspectors District Map Choose this image to go back to the top.   19. Fax or email technical code questions;
- Commercial buildings, Comm 61-65 ,608-283-7402, bldgtech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Fire protection systems , 608-283-7405, fireprotech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Plumbing, cross connection, 608-283-7403, plbgtech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Private onsite wastewater treatment, 608-283-7404, powtstech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Public swimming pools, 608-283-7406, pooltech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Building and plumbing products, 608-283-7407, productech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Licenses, certifications, registrations, 608-283-7400, madisoncred@commerce.state.wi.us
- Manufactured/mobile homes, 608-283-7401, manf-homes@commerce.state.wi.us
- One- and Two-family Dwelling Code, no fax, udctech@commerce.state.wi.us
20. You will find the 2003 S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CredentialExams2003.html 21. Delegated Agents: Some municipalities in Wisconsin have authority to do building plan review, inspections, and otherwise carry out code-related functions as delegates of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. For information and a list of current delegated municipalities, see the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCertifiedMunicipalities.html. Choose this image to go back to the top. 22. You may check the status of a credential on the S&B WebSite,
http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CredentialStatusCheck.html.
Note that a credential that was renewed late does not show up in the search. A computer program needs to be revised to accommodate late renewals.
23. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet,
www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CodesListing.html. Not all codes are available electronically. Paper copies may be purchased from Document Sales, 800-362-7253, for credit card purchases, or 608-266-3358.
24. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code is on the S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCodeAdoptionQuestions.html 25. Plumbing information database on the Internet
http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PlumbingDatabaseReport.html
  26. Contact information for plan review
To schedule an appointment (commercial/multifamily buildings or plumbing):
+S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivScheduling.html
+FAX: 24 hr. toll-free number for appointment scheduling, 877-840-9172
+E-mail: planschedule@commerce.state.wi.us
For plan review application forms:
+On the S&B WebSite (choose "Forms" on left of screen): http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html
+Call any of the offices.
Info about next available review appointment:
+ http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB- DivDailyDoc.html
Info about status of plan review:
+ http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivReviewStatusSearch.html
Choose this image to go back to the top.   27. Paper subscription for the WCCR ____   Yes, I wish a subscription for mail delivery of a year's Wisconsin Construction Codes Report, paper edition. This offer begins with the July, 2003 edition. WCCR One year for $20. Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________ City, State, Zip _________________________________ Fiscal code 8035. Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes [Privacy Law, s. 1504(1)(m)] Mail check for $20 to:
Safety and Buildings Division
Audrey Fries
PO Box 2689
Madison WI 53701
  28. Wisconsin Construction Codes Report
The WCCR is a monthly publication of the Safety and Buildings Division, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. For a year's mail-delivery paper subscription, send $20 to S&B Material Orders, PO Box 2509, Madison, 53701. Be sure to provide return mail info and note what you are ordering. WCCR on the WebSite:
http://www. commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivPublications.html.
Choose this image to go back to the top. Links -- County Web sites || City/Town/Village Web sites || State Portal || Licensing and Permitting || Build Your Business Email this page's manager, Todd Taylor, Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov or 608-267-3606 The Department of Safety and Professional Services Safety and Buildings Division is an equal opportunity service provider and employer. If you need assistance to access services or need material in an alternate format, please contact us, 608-266-3151, TTY 608-264-8777, or Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov