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Safety and Buildings Division - Articles from March 2004 Wisconsin Construction Codes Report Information about the ongoing changes involving Uniform Dwelling Code enforcement is regularly updated on the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-UDCProgram.html. For example, now there is a 10-page pamphlet about obtaining inspector credentials. You can also get the pamphlet from Todd Taylor, S&B Communications, 608-267-3606, Todd.Taylor@Wisconsin.gov. You may choose the number of an article that interests you, or you may scroll down.
1. Racine is no longer a plumbing agent municipality;
2. Division sets policy on seminar presentation fees;
3. A few chances left for winter 2004 plumbing education;
4. Wieser POWTS Continuing Ed;
5. Electrical Q&A;
6. Public hearing on proposed Comm 61-65 changes;
7. Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite;
8. The UW-Madison Small Scale Waste Management Project and the Safety and Buildings Division offer educational sessions for onsite wastewater professionals;
1. Racine is no longer a plumbing agent municipality
The City of Racine has notified the Safety and Buildings Division that Racine no longer provides plumbing plan review services for projects within its limits. Racine, therefore, is no longer a S&B "Agent Municipality" for plumbing. Agent Municipalities have been granted authority for review of certain plumbing projects within their boundaries. See Tables Comm 82.20-1 and -2 for which types of project are to be reviewed by S&B and agents. A list of the agents is in the Comm 82 Appendix (although the list is now out-of-date.) Current plumbing agent municipalities are: Appleton, Madison, Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Oak Creek, Greenfield, Oshkosh, Janesville, Kenosha, and Sheboygan. The list is maintained online, http://www. commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-PlumbingAgentMunis.html.
2. Division sets policy on seminar presentation fees
A renewed policy is now in place for the Safety and Building Division concerning the costs of organizing and participating in continuing education and other seminar-type presentations. Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary Cory Nettles asked the division for a clear and consistent written policy to enable better planning for private, non-profit, or public agency budgets. He asked that the parameters be simple, flexible, and equitable. Following are the three facets of the Safety and Buildings Division seminar accounting policy, as of December 1, 2003:
1. Seminars sponsored by the division
The fee per attendee at a seminar sponsored solely by the Safety and Buildings Division of the Department of Safety and Professional Services is $15 per hour of seminar presentation time. The division may also charge for hand-out material purchased from an outside vendor, in which case the charge will not exceed the cost incurred. 2. Speaker services for others
The fee for providing speaker services at a seminar that is not sponsored by the division is $100 per hour of seminar instruction for each speaker provided by the division. ( Staff travel time to and from the seminars will not be included in the per hour charge.) The division will also charge for printed hand-out material, if the material consists of more than 20 pages. In such cases, the charge for the printed material will not exceed the cost incurred. 3. Seminars and speaker services co-sponsored by the division
The fee for speaker services and any hand-out material provided by the division at seminars co-sponsored by the division will be determined by the Division Administrator in cooperation with the other sponsoring organizations or individuals. For more information on the policy, contact Bob DuPont, Safety and Buildings Division Program Development Bureau Director, 608-266-8984, email@example.com. To discuss organizing education on code topics, contact the Program Manager listed on the appropriate program page on the division WebSite. See the division Home Page for links to each of the program pages, http://www. commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-HomePage.html.
3. A few chances left for winter 2004 plumbing education
4. Wieser POWTS Continuing Ed
*March 17, 2004, Spooner, Northwest Sports Center
*March 31, 2004, Fond du Lac, Wieser Concrete Products
- Call Wayne, 800-641-5937, for pre-registration, all classes 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Includes Lunch. 6 hours credit to POWTS Insp, MP, MPRS, JP, JPRS, CST, POWTS Maint
5. Electrical Q&A
Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code. For info, contact the S&B Electrical Consultants. Question: While doing some electrical repairs at a school, I noticed that the electrician used the conduit system as the ground, which is okay. But he did not ground the receptacle to the box with a pigtail and also left the square paper washer on the receptacle. I'm surprised it passed inspection. Am I missing something?
Answer: Yes. Section 250.146 requires an equipment bonding jumper to connect the grounding terminal of a grounding-type receptacle to a grounded box, unless it is (A) surface mounted with direct metal to metal contact between the box and device yoke, or (B) a contact device listed for the purpose is used in conjunction with the mounting screws to establish contact between the yoke of the device and box. Self-grounding type receptacles, commonly referred to as "Type S," come equipped to comply with this requirement. They have a small copper spring wound around an attachment screw or a flat sheet spring on one end of the yoke. The cardboard washers serves to hold the screws in place. Required grounding contact is made by the screws and the ears on the yoke of the device. Question: What is meant by a polarized attachment plug and how does it differ from a grounding attachment plug?
Answer: Information on attachment plugs can be found in Section 406.6. A polarized attachment plug is one where the grounded conductor blade is identified by being larger than the ungrounded conductor blade. This assures proper alignment when inserted into a receptacle. A grounded plug has the ground pin to assure proper alignment A polarized attachment plug is not required to have a grounding conductor pin to fit the grounding slot in a grounded receptacle. Polarized plugs are generally used on table or floor lamps, televisions, stereo components, and double insulated portable power tools. When using polarized or grounded attachment plugs it is necessary to recognize the difference between the grounded conductor and the grounding conductor as defined in Article 100, Definitions of the NEC.
6. Public hearing on proposed Comm 61-65 changes
A public hearing on Comm 61-65, Wisconsin Commmercial Building Code, proposed rule changes will be at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at the Thompson Commerce Center, Room 3B, 201 West Washington Avenue, Madison. The hearing notice, analysis of rules, and rule draft, are on the Safety and Buildings Division WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CodeDevelopment.html. If you wish a paper copy, contact Roberta Ward, S&B Program Assistant, 608-266-8741, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the hearing, you may contact Sam Rockweiler, Code Development Consultant, 608-266-0797, email@example.com. The current version of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code became effective on July 1, 2002. Subsequently, improvements have occurred in several of the national standards that are incorporated by reference into the WCBC, particularly the building code requirements developed by the International Code Council. The proposed rule changes would update Comm 61 to 65 to reflect some of the national changes, codify several interim approvals S&B has issued for alternate design methods and standards, and accommodate other clarifications that are expected to somewhat simplify compliance with the WCBC. The proposed changes would also expand when fire protection systems must receive plan approval from the division or an agent to include systems for residential occupancies containing more than two dwelling units, where the occupants are primarily permanent in nature.
7. Commercial Buildings Q&A on the WebSite
Questions and answers on the Wisconsin Commercial Buildings Code sections noted below has recently been added to http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-Commercial BuildingsCodeAdoptionQuestions.html.
- Comm 62.1104(4), Accessibility
- Comm 62.1109(2)(d), IBC 1003.3.1.1, and Comm 62.2900(4), Accessibility
- Comm Table 64.0403, Car Washes
- IBC 302.2, 302.3.1, 406.6.2, Repair Garage
- IBC 715.5.2, IBC 715.5.3, IBC 909.2, IMC 607.5.4 and IMC 607.5.5, Smoke Control
8. The UW-Madison Small Scale Waste Management Project and the Safety and Buildings Division offer educational sessions for onsite wastewater professionals; Topics (half-day sessions)
A. Comprehensive System Investigation
B. Design/Install to Manage or Fail
C. Interpreting Soils for A+0, A+4 and Beyond
D. National Model Code Issues-Implications for Wis
E. POWTS Insp.#3 Back to Basics: Code Updates
F. POWTS Insp.#4 Back to Basics: Revised Handbook
(Good start for skills to do 3rd party inspections.) Places, dates, and topics
Arlington, March 30, A or C (a.m.) B or D (p.m.)
Rice Lake, April 1, A or C (a.m.) B or D (p.m.) Three continuing education credit hours for each half-day session for inspector, maintainer, soil tester and some plumber credentials. $35 per session. For information, contact Jim Peterson, UW Environmental Resources Center, 1545 Observatory Drive, Madison, 53706; 608-262-3799; firstname.lastname@example.org. Links --
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