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Plumbing and POWTS Continuing Education;
2. Wisconsin Enrolled Commercial Building Code Order Form;
3. Wisconsin Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association Conference, Continuing Education Opportunity;
4. Electrical Q&A;
5. More exams offered at 2004 Madison site;
6. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training;
7. Plumbing form changes;
8. POWTS form changes;
9. Two Resignations;
10. Items added to Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite;
11. If you hear someone remark they didn't see a recent WCCR, please remind them that the publication is no longer sent out free to all plumbing credential holders. You may order a paper subscription (12 months) to the WCCR by sending $20 to the Safety and Buildings Division, Audrey Fries, PO Box 2658, Madison, WI 53701;
12. Wastewater reuse is a new option in Wisconsin;
13. Schmitt Safety continuing education, online or correspondence;
14. Note on hot water systems in health care;
19. Plumbing information in a Q&A format organized by code section is on the S&B WebSite;
20. Fax or email technical code questions;
21. You will find the S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet;
22. Delegated Agents (Commercial Buildings);
23. Check the status of your credential;
24. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet;
25. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code is on the S&B WebSite;
26. Contact information for plan review;
27. Paper subscription for the WCCR;
28. Wisconsin Construction Codes Report.
  1. Choose this image to go back to the top.   2. Wisconsin Enrolled Commercial Building Code Order Form - Number of sets of the hardcopy version ($200 per set) ____ - Number of copies of the single-user, compact-disc version ($240 per copy) ____ Send check for the total amount to the "Safety and Buildings Division," Attn: Roberta Ward, PO Box 2689, Madison WI 53701 (Safety and Buildings cannot process credit or debit card purchases) Company or individual name: ______________________________________________________ Shipping street address: ___________________________________________________________ Your UPS customer number for overnight shipping: ________________________________________ City, state, zip: __________________________________________________________________ Telephone number _______________________________________________________________ Fiscal code 8035 Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes [Privacy Law, s. 1504(1)(m)]   3. WOWRA Conference, Continuing Education Opportunity
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  4. Electrical Q&A
Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code. For info, contact one of the S&B Electrical Consultants.
Question: A new industrial plant has a ground ring installed around the entire metal building. The metal structure is bonded along this ring. Feeders in this building are being routed in a cable tray, which is being used as an equipment- grounding conductor. Panelboards are surface-mounted with direct contact with metal structural columns. Is it a violation of the code to bring a grounding conductor from the cable tray to each panel and in addition, bond the panel to the metal structure? Answer: No. The installation goes beyond the requirements of the NEC, assuming that the cable tray is approved for grounding and meets the requirements of Section 392.7. It appears that someone wants everything at the same potential and is accomplishing it through supplemental grounding. Question: How come I can't use liquidtight flexible metal conduit anymore in ceilings that are "Other Space Used for Environmental Air?" Answer: 300.22(C)(1) of the 2002 NEC deleted the exception that allowed this type of installation. The outer jacket of the raceway did not meet fire and smoke load specification as a low-smoke wiring method. Section 300-22(c)(1) Exception in the 1999 NEC permitted the use of LFMC in lengths of six feet or less and there was no limit as to the number of lengths, only that individually they would be less than six feet. The concern prompting the change was that numerous drops could add to the fire and smoke load. Watch the WCCR for numerous Jan-April electrical education courses or watch the Web, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivContinuingEducation.html Choose this image to go back to the top.   5. More exams offered at 2004 Madison site
Beginning in January, 2004, all types of exams will again be offered at the Safety and Building Division Madison exam site. In 2003, only Soil Tester exams were available at the Madison site. Soil Tester exams, which use special materials, in 2004 will be at the Madison and Wausau sites, not at the Pewaukee or Black River Falls sites.
Also, the Madison exam site, which has been the Thompson Commerce Building, in January will move to the Crown Plaza hotel, 4402 East Washington Avenue, just off I90-94, across from East Towne Mall. To view the 2004 exam schedule, visit the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state. wi.us/SB/SB-CredentialExams.html. Paper copies are available from Todd Taylor, 608-267-3606, Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov.   6. Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Certification Training   7. Plumbing form changes
Due to the numerous code changes effective in May 2003, the Plumbing Plan Approval Application form (SBD-6154) has been revised.
An example of the changes is that the form is now used for registration of cross connection control assemblies. Not all assemblies need plan review and approval prior to installation. Most (the ones not located in health care and related facilities) only need to be registered. Instead of developing a separate registration form, the one form can be used for both plan review submittals and registration of the assemblies. Another example is the addition of several new submittal items to the form: subsurface storm/clear water dispersal systems in connection with public buildings, and plumbing reuse water treatment systems (other than POWTS). The form is available on the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html or can be obtained from the S&B offices. Questions about the new form? Contact a plumbing plan reviewer. Choose this image to go back to the top.   8. POWTS form changes
The Safety and Buildings Division has a newly revised Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment plan review application form, SBD-10577.
The changes are intended to simplify form and the calculation of fees, as well as provide important reminders when submitting individual site designs. An example of the changes is Box 3, where the number of customer boxes has been reduced from four to two. Customer 1 is for entering designer information. The designer is the person with the legal authority to produce and take responsibility for the design (i.e. master plumber, registered designer, etc.). The information for Customer 2 is to be completed when the plans must be returned to a person other than Customer 1. This can happen when a registered designer prepares the plans and then requests the plans be returned to the person who will be installing the system. Box 5 on page 2 has the most significant changes. The type of submittal, system types, and component manuals used for the design are on the left-hand side of the form. The fees for each section are found to the right of each category. In the first row, check whether the plan is a revision, new plan, or a replacement system. Please note that the $60 fee applies to Plan Revisions and that other fees are shown lower on the page. Questions? You can contact Brad Johnson, POWTS Section Chief, 920-492-5605, bjohnson@commerce.state.wi.us.   9. Two Resignations
Two Safety and Buildings Division staff members resigned in November.
Dan Graham served as Elevators and Electrical Program section chief and previously had been bureau director of the Bureau of Field Operations, before it was merged with the Bureau of Integrated Services. Dan Meneguin, 608-266-0056, dmeneguin@commerce.state.wi.us, is now section chief for the Electrical and Elevators Programs. Eric Hands was the program manager for the Public Sector Safety, Mine Safety, and Amusement Rides Programs. His duties are now assigned to Joe Hertel, 608-266-5649, jhertel@commerce.state.wi.us.   10. Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite
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 61.03(10), Change of Use
-Comm 62.0202(1)(a) and Comm 62.1403(1) Air Retarder/Air Barrier
-IBC 1003.2.2 Occupant Load
-IBC 2902.1 Washing Arrangements
Choose this image to go back to the top.   11. If you hear someone remark they didn't see a recent WCCR, please remind them that the publication is no longer sent out free to all plumbing credential holders. You may order a paper subscription (12 months) to the WCCR by sending $20 to the Safety and Buildings Division, Audrey Fries, PO Box 2658, Madison, WI 53701. See WCCR online.   12. Wastewater reuse is a new option in Wisconsin
by Glen Schlueter, S&B Plumbing Products Reviewer, 608-267-1401, Gschlueter@commerce.state.wi.us
Comm 82.70, which became part of the Plumbing Code on May 1, 2003, contains performance-based requirements for water reuse (i.e., recycling/reclaiming). The wastewater treatment required depends on the intended reuse application. So far, typical basic systems that I've seen as the Safety and Buildings Division plan reviewer for reuse systems are comprised of anaerobic treatment units, followed by aerobic treatment units, with subsequent filtration and disinfection. To date, the most frequently requested reuse of wastewater is toilet and urinal flushing. A primary benefit of water reuse is the conservation of a life-supporting resource. Today the abundant water supplies in Wisconsin are under increasing pressures due to population growth and development. This is particularly true of groundwater aquifers that take longer to recharge. Within the Fox Valley region in northeast Wisconsin, rates of groundwater depression have exceeded four feet per year. Another primary benefit of water reuse technology is that it provides attractive options to mound systems and privies in areas that lack suitable soils and/or water supplies. Properly used and maintained, closed loop systems require very limited additions/ subtractions. As of October 31, 2003, a total of twenty-six reuse systems have been approved by S&B for use in Wisconsin. Twenty-five are blackwater reuse systems approved as experiments and one is a stormwater reuse system. Some very advanced systems have been discussed and are being designed. For example, one proposal incorporates the use of manufactured soil and special broad-leafed tropical plants that convey water to the atmosphere via transpiration. If you have questions or comments on water reuse, or the S&B processes for reuse system approval, contact me, Glen Schlueter, 608-267-1401, gschlueter@commerce.state.wi.us, or contact Tom Braun, S&B Plumbing Consultant, tbraun@commerce.state.wi.us, 715-340-5387. Choose this image to go back to the top.   13. Schmitt Safety continuing education, online or correspondence
If you don't want to travel to find continued education credits, you can take classes right from your home. Either online or correspondence.
• Take approved classes when you want - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. • Self-paced courses - with guided learning - and instructor. Start and stop as often as needed. • For online course, no software to install or run. • If you wish, no computer is required. Correspondence course materials can be mailed to you. Contact us today for info about our low fees and about how easy it is to not have to travel. Schmitt Safety Consulting, Kevin Schmitt
Web site: www.schmittsafety.com
Email: ssc@schmittsafety.com
Phone 920-901-6000, Fax 920-682-8311
14. Note on hot water systems in health care
by Lynita Docken, S&B Plumbing Program Manager, 608-785-9349, Ldocken@commerce.state.wi.us
I have recently been asked, "When additions are planned for an existing hospital, is it necessary to heat or chemically treat the hospital's entire hot water supply?" The answer is, "No." May 1, 2003, code revisions put into place requirements that hot water distribution systems be installed and maintained for bacterial control, Comm 82.50(3)6. The plumbing code is not retroactive, so only the installation of "hot water distribution systems" after May 1, 2003, are required to comply. A "hot water distribution system" is that portion of the water distribution system from a water heater to the connection of a fixture supply connector, plumbing fixture, plumbing appliance, water-using equipment, or other piping system. If a hospital is planning on adding fixtures, rooms, or floors without adding a heater to create a complete hot water distribution system, no disinfection requirements apply. Similarly, if a water heater is being replaced, these rules would not apply unless the water distribution system downstream was also being replaced. By the way, when the new hot water temperature or treatment requirements are called for, there are a good number of options for a facility to comply, including these:
- Increasing the water temperature at the heater and relying on thermostatic mixers to protect patients from scalding,
- Adding a liquid chlorine injection system,
- Adding an ultraviolet light,
- Treating the system with another approved method of disinfection,
- Developing a periodic maintenance plan for heat or chemical eradication, or
- An option may be as simple as contacting the water purveyor to ascertain whether the residual chlorine in the public water supply is at or above two mg./L.
Questions regarding hot water distribution systems in hospitals, community based residential facilities, inpatient hospices, or nursing homes may be directed to the plumbing plan reviewers, or Glen Schlueter, plumbing product reviewer. A previous article on the subject of hot water distribution systems in health care facilities appeared in the July, 2003, issue of WCCR . Choose this image to go back to the top.   19. 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   20. Fax or email technical code questions:
- Building and plumbing products 608-283-7407 productech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Commercial buildings, Comm 61-65 608-283-7402 bldgtech@commerce.state.wi.us - Electrical 608-283-7418 electrictech@commerce.state.wi.us - Fire protection systems 608-283-7405 fireprotech@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 608-283-7428 udctech@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 Sector Safety 608-283-7419 healthsafetech@commerce.state.wi.us - Public swimming pools 608-283-7406 pooltech@commerce.state.wi.us
  21. You will find the S&B credential exam schedule on the Internet: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CredentialExams.html   22. 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.   23. 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.   24. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivCodesListing.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.   25. Q&A about the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code is on the S&B WebSite: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCodeAdoptionQuestions.html Choose this image to go back to the top.   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: 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
  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
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  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.
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