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Safety and Buildings Division - Articles from the November 2002 Wisconsin Construction Codes Report December S&B Plumbing and POWTS continuing education classes Cross Connection Surveyor Class in January You may select the number of an article title that interests you, or scroll down:
1. Safety log numbers from 2003 will be reported to S&B by public sector employers;
2. Stormwater manual that is part of upcoming S&B continuing education class will be on WebSite;
3. Meet three S&B inspection support staffers;
4. C and I Safety Advertisement;
5. Take care with winter soil and site evaluations;
6. DNR updates large POWTS system info;
7. UW educational sessions for POWTS professionals;
8. Outline of policy for floating swimming pool pad walks;
9. New Commercial/UDC Inspectors Districts;
10. New Plumbing Inspector Districts
11. Ten tips from S&B plan reviewers about the new Commercial Building Code;
12. Continuing education needs to be timed;
13. Mid-States plumbing con ed;
14. Schmitt Safety offers continuing education via Internet;
15. Contact information for plan review submittals;
16. Email technical questions to S&B;
17. Delegated Municipalities;
18. Credential Questions;
19. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet;
20. Wisconsin Construction Codes Report
Choose this image to go back to the top.   1. Safety log numbers from 2003 will be reported to S&B by public sector employers
Public employee work-related injuries or illnesses, recorded according to Wisconsin's adopted federal occupational safety regulations, will be summarized by public employers in 2004 and provided to the Safety and Buildings Division to help guide public sector safety inspections.
A June, 2002 code change to Comm 32, Wisconsin Public Employee Safety and Health Code, will have public employers reporting annual summary numbers of work-related injuries and illnesses to S&B. The employers are already annually preparing the federal OSHA summaries of their day-to-day logged records and will be able to provide the 2003 summaries to S&B using their completed OSHA form 300A or an equivalent S&B form. S&B will use the numbers to set priorities in its public sector safety inspection program. On their Web site, OSHA has a packet of information on reporting work-related injury and illness statistics: http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Additional.html. In later 2003, S&B will have both the OSHA summary form 300A and a S&B version of the form on the S&B "Forms" page, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html. For more information, contact Eric Hands, S&B Public Sector Safety Program Manager, ehands@commerce.state.wi.us, 608-267-4434.   2. Stormwater manual that is part of upcoming S&B continuing education class will be on WebSite "From the minute construction crews move on to a building site, the cycle of water movement begins to change. As brush and trees are removed, rain falls directly on the ground. As grass and vegetation is removed, less stormwater is infiltrated into the soil and more stormwater runs over the soil surface to accumulate in low spots or drain into area drain inlets. More compaction means more runoff. Increased runoff creates gullies and the gullies create more concentrated flow channels that increase erosion and runoff volumes." Above is a quotation from the Stormwater Manual S&B staff will be using for several of the upcoming plumbing continuing education classes. Anyone who wants to view the manual in advance of the class can find it linked from the S&B WebSite Library, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-LibraryIndex.html Choose this image to go back to the top.   3. Meet three S&B inspection support staffers
Sharon Newlun, Tiffeny Thompson, and Janice Schulz (left to right) were recently promoted to Program Assistant Three in the Inspection Support Section of the Bureau of Field Operations Madison Office.
This image is of three S&B inspection support staff. Select his image to enlarge it.   4. C and I Safety advertisement. Select image to enlarge it. This is an image of a Cand I Safety continuing education advertisement.   5. Take care with winter soil and site evaluations
In Wisconsin over the last few years, lack of appreciable snow cover, coupled with warmer temperatures that reduced frost depth, has allowed outdoor construction activities to continue much longer than in the past.
Although early forecasts predict more precipitation this winter, temperatures are predicted to remain warmer than usual, so the potential to conduct soil and site evaluations during the winter season remains the same as in the recent past. As the winter season approaches, Safety and Buildings Division staff receive inquiries about the division's winter soil and site verification policy. Under the pre-July 1, 2000 POWTS code, certified soil testers and division staff were restricted to performing evaluations under specific natural lighting conditions and at specific times during the day. Now, the revised code provides much more flexibility, leaving the decision of whether to conduct a verification up to the individual S&B Wastewater Specialist or county code administrators, depending upon whether adverse weather conditions might lead to inaccurate results. Poor light conditions, extreme cold, and frozen soil conditions all limit the accuracy of results during winter months. Coupled with the complexity of the sites that are routinely evaluated, the potential for error must be avoided by using professional judgment about whether to conduct an onsite verification. Does this suggest that the S&B Wastewater Specialists will not be available to conduct any soil and site evaluations? No. What it means is that when a soil and site evaluation must be conducted, it must be done under the best weather conditions possible. This means that all parties involved must closely coordinate their activities, such as for soil tester and backhoe operator availability. It also means that due to rapid weather changes, it may be necessary to reschedule an appointment at the last minute, if the conditions at the site preclude an accurate evaluation. All parties involved in the soil and site evaluation process strive to provide the highest degree of accuracy in the description of the property they are evaluating. By working together to insure that the work takes place under the most optimum conditions during the most difficult time of the year, that accuracy can be maintained. If you have any questions, about the S&B's winter soil testing policy, please contact any Wastewater Specialist. Choose this image to go back to the top.   6. DNR updates large POWTS system info
The Department of Natural Resources has updated a document meant to provide guidance to large POWTS system owners and designers related to jurisdictional issues and definitions listed in a 1999 Memorandum of Understanding regarding large POWTS systems. The update replaces the previous guidance memo that was issued on February 8, 2000.
The Memorandum of Understanding was worked out in 1999 by the DNR and the Department of Safety and Professional Services to clarify their joint responsibilities toward POWTS. The DNR document also provides information related to the Wisconsin Pollution Discharge Elimination System permitting process. The DNR document can be found on the department's Web site, http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/wm/glwsp/facilities/index.htm. Any questions related to the DNR information may be directed to Tom Gilbert, DNR Wastewater Facility Planning Coordinator, 608-267-7628, gilbet@dnr.state.wi.us.   7. The UW-Madison Small Scale Waste Management Project will offer four half-day educational sessions for POWTS professionals in early 2003. 1. "Evaluation of existing onsite systems"
2. "Design of distribution systems"
3. "Soil and site evaluation review and update"
4. "Pores, fluids and wastewater infiltration"
Arlington, January 23
Rice Lake, January 30
Fond du Lac, February 6
Tomahawk, February 18
SSWMP expects approval by the Safety and Buildings Division of three continuing education credit hours for each half-day session, for Powts Inspector, POWTS Maintainer, Soil Tester, and some plumber credentials. Brochures will be available in December. For more information, contact Jim Peterson, UW Environmental Resources Center, 1545 Observatory Drive, Madison, 53706; 608-262-3799; FAX 608 -262-2031; jopeters@facstaff.wisc.edu   8. Outline of policy for floating swimming pool pad walks
This Safety and Buildings Davison policy is intended to cover general safety requirements for a floating pad walk (e.g. lily pads, logs, etc.) Questions, contact S&B Pool Program Manager Lynita Docken, 608-785-9349, Ldocken@commerce.state.wi.us
1. The water depth of the pool must be at least four feet with appropriate depth markings on pool deck and vertical walls of the pool per Comm 90.08(14).
2. All pool side walls and any obstructions such as guardrails, pillars, or chains must be padded or encased so as to protect pool patrons from abrasion, laceration, or contusion. The padding material must be placed on objects within four feet of the walk pads.
3. Guide rails or netting strung across floating pad walks for patron support must be placed at a comfortable height for the intended users.
4. Floating devices not intended to be mobile must be anchored in a manner to restrict movement to the range established by the designer. Chains or cables must be vertical and taut.
5. Pads and anchoring systems must be configured to minimize circumstances of possible entrapment of users, bodies, hair, limbs or appendages should they come in contact with any element of the pad or its anchors. Chains must be sleeved.
6. A maximum width of seven feet is permitted for floating pad walks. There must be eight feet separating two floating pad walks in the same pool.
Choose this image to go back to the top.   9. New Commercial/UDC Inspectors districts   10. New Plumbing Inspectors districts   11. Ten tips from S&B plan reviewers about the new Commercial Building Code
1. Use the applicable forms in the Plan Review Submittal Guide. Examples of how to use the forms are included in the guide. If you don't understand a form, you can stop into a review office for a quick overview of the form in question. The Guide is available on the S&B WebSite as one complete document or in sections, http://www. commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-FormSubmittalKitContents.html.
2. Use the most current SB-118 and other application forms from the Safety and Buildings WebSite for scheduling. (http://www.commerce. state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html) Several minor changes have improved the form used for post-July 1 code reviews. For instance, note the seismic categories, including non-structural, in box 3. This helps S&B schedule seismic plans with specific experienced reviewers, as well as providing more accurate scheduling review times. Also, the structural worksheet was updated to include a 0.7 factor, and now has instructional pages. 3. Clearly convey which option you chose for Multiple Occupancy Design. The multiple occupancy form in the submittal kit (see above #1) is a good tool to convey which uses you are considering as accessory uses or incidental uses, and also whether you are using in the design "unseparated use," "separated use," or a mix of the two in your design. If using the forms noted in the first tip, you may include this information on the front index sheet for easy reference. 4. Be sure to indicate on the plans whether rated walls are intended to be firewalls, fire partitions, or fire barriers. This information helps the reviewer and inspector know how you intend to achieve code compliance. It is also valuable for HVAC and other mechanical installers to know the degree of penetration protection needed. 5. Become familiar with the different use groups, such as what falls into the A-2 use category and what role A-2 plays in your design. Be especially aware of the number of stories above grade allowed for this use, and effects of choosing the "separated use" or "unseparated use" options. 6. Make a special effort to understand the new classes of construction and the difference in fire resistivity between the A and B sub-types. 7. Remember that alterations submitted after July 1, 2002 and build-out of shells approved prior to July 1, need to comply with the new Comm 61-65. 8. Designers of new malls should carefully consider future changes when deciding which option to use for tenant spaces: covered mall (IBC 402), separated use, or unseparated use. 9. To be defined as a mezzanine, area must be less than or equal to 1/3 of the room which the mezzanine opens into. 10. Corridors may not serve as supply, return, exhaust, relief , ventilation air ducts, or plenums. See IBC 1004.3.2.4. Two bonus points + Use bldlgtech@commerce.state.wi.us to send email technical questions to division staff. (Please also include a phone number at which you can be reached.) The email system allows us to make sure someone is always watching for your email, let's us give uniform answers, and allows us to collect frequently-asked questions, which we can then answer on the WebSite, http://www.commerce. state.wi.us/SB/SB-CommercialBuildingsCodeAdoptionQuestions.html. + Watch for technical articles in our WebSite library, http://www.commerce. state.wi.us/SB/SB-LibraryIndex.html. There's a link on that page that will take you to an archive of the articles. Choose this image to go back to the top.   12. Continuing education needs to be timed
Licensees with expiration dates in early 2003 need to remember that their continuing education period ends three months before their card expires. To avoid additional processing fees for late continuing education, obligations for April 2003 credential renewals should be completed before January 2, 2003. Be sure to plan ahead. For more information, contact the Safety and Buildings Division Credentialing Unit, 608-261-8500, madison cred@commerce.state.wi.us.

  13. Mid-States plumbing con ed
Mid-States Supply Annual Plumbing Training Sessions; Dec 26, 27 in Fond du Lac and December 30 in Stevens Point; Approved classes for all license categories; contact Pete Duesterbeck, 1-800-236-6700.
Mid-States Supply Annual Plumbing Training Sessions; Dec 26, 27 in Fond du Lac and December 30 in Stevens Point; Approved classes for all plumbing license categories; contact Pete Duesterbeck, 1-800-236-6700.   14. Schmitt Safety offers continuing education via Internet
No need to travel, giving up a day of work, or a valuable weekend; you can take Safety and Buildings Division approved classes right from your home, at your convenience right on your computer.
Schmitt Safety Consulting is offering three 3-hour courses and one 4-hour class, which can be taken more than once if you are in need of the hours. Visit our web site, www.schmittsafety.com, for all the details, or call 920-901-6000 for info. Classes Offered: Confined Space Entry - 3 credit hrs; Trenching/Excavation - 3 hrs; Basic First Aid - 3 credit hours; OSHA Basic - 4 credit hours   15. Contact information for plan review submittals § 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: madisonsch@commerce.state.wi.us
For application forms: On the S&B WebSite:
http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivForms.html
Or, call any of the offices.
Info about next available review appointment:
http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivDailyDoc.html
Choose this image to go back to the top.   16. Email technical questions to S&B staff:
- Commercial buildings, Comm 50-64, 66, 69 bldgtech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Fire protection systems fireprotech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Plumbing, cross connection plbgtech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Private onsite wastewater treatment powtstech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Public swimming pools pooltech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Building and plumbing products productech@commerce.state.wi.us
- Licenses, certifications, registrations madisoncred@commerce.state.wi.us
- Manufactured/mobile homes manf-homes@commerce.state.wi.us
- One- and Two-family Dwelling Code udctech@commerce.state.wi.us
  17. Delegated Municipalities
Some municipalities in Wisconsin have authority to do 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.
  18. Credential Questions
If you have questions concerning the status of licenses, certifications, or registrations administered by the Safety and Buildings Division, information is on the S&B WebSite, http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-CredentialStatusCheck.html. You may also contact the Credentialing Unit, 608-261-8500, madisoncred@commerce.state.wi.us.
Choose this image to go back to the top.   19. Safety and Buildings-related codes are on the Internet http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/SB-DivCodesListing2002.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.
  20. Wisconsin Construction Codes Report
The WCCR is a monthly publication of the Safety and Buildings Division, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, delivered to about 13,000 readers - people who hold S&B plumbing, POWTS, and fire sprinkler credentials, to local inspectors, and to fire departments. For a year's 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.
  Back to school! Plumbing and POWTS continuing education
S&B classes begin in December
Be sure to get your continuing education at least three months before the expiration of your credential.
Check the classes you wish to attend.
a.m. = 8:30-11:30, Three hours con ed credit.
p.m. = 12:30 - 3:30, Three hours con ed credit
Menomonie- Tuesday, December 10 - Best Western (I94 & Hwy 25)
___ a.m.-"Water Sizing and Cross Connection Control"- MP, JP, MPRA, JPRA, UPI
___ p.m.-"Stormwater Systems"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, UPI
Menomonie- Wednesday, December 11 - Best Western (I94 & Hwy 25)
___ a.m.-"Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, PI, ST, PO
___ p.m.-"Soil Training"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, PI, ST, PO (POWTS Maintainer PO)
Stevens Point - Tues, December 3 - Best Western Royale (5110 Main St)
___ a.m.-"Water Sizing and Cross Connection Control"- MP, JP, MPRA, JPRA, UPI
___ p.m.-" Alternate Plumbing Systems"- MP, JP, MPRA, JPRA, UPI
___ a.m.-"Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, PI, ST, PO
___ p.m.-"Soil Training"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, PI, ST, PO (POWTS Maintainer PO)
Oconomowoc -Tuesday, December 17 - Olympia Resort (1350 Royale Mile Rd)
___ a.m.-"Water Sizing and Cross Connection Control"- MP, JP, MPRA, JPRA, UPI
___ p.m.-"Stormwater systems"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, UPI
___ a.m.-"Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, PI, ST, PO
___ p.m.-"Soil Training"- MP, JP, MPRS, JPRS, PI, ST, PO
$35 per 3-hour class (with refreshments) Arrive 30 minutes early to register
Print Clearly. No confirmation letters will be sent. Pre-registration required. Limited seating.
Name ____________________________________ S&B Customer ID Number ____________ Address ________________________________ City/State/Zip _______________________ Daytime Telephone: ___________________________ # of classes x $35 equals check amount ____________ Fiscal code 100-143-SBDV-323R-7630
Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes. [ Privacy Law, s.15.04 (l) (m)]
Mail registration form and check to: Safety and Buildings, Roberta Ward, PO Box 2689, Madison, WI 53701-2689 Choose this image to go back to the top. Cross Connection Control   Surveyor Training January 28, 29, 30, 2003 (changed from November 2002)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day,
Holiday Inn, Tomah, Wisconsin (Inn = 608-372-3211)
Review the need for water supply protection, the risks involved, and protection methods available. Review state regulations (DNR and Commerce). This is a "hands-on" course designed for conducting and reporting commercial and industrial cross connection control surveys. Attendees will conduct an actual survey, draw plans, and compile a report. For more information about the course, contact Mike Beckwith, S&B Plumbing Products Evaluator, 608-266-6742. Because of the hands-on labs, we limit the enrollment to 24. Enroll early. The $395 fee covers notebook, program materials, break refreshments, and lunches. A certificate is issued upon successful completion of the course. Attendees must be either registered Cross Connection Control Device Testers and/or Master Plumbers or Journeyman Plumbers. 12 con ed credit hours for MPs and JPs. Cross Connection Control Survey Course, November 6, 7, & 8, 2002 in Tomah, Fee $395. Enroll Early. Limited Availability. (Print clearly) Name ________________________________________ S&B Customer ID Number __________________ Address _______________________________________ City/State/Zip ___________________________ Daytime Telephone: ___________________________ Fiscal code 100-143-SBDV-323R-7630 Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes. [ Privacy Law, s.15.04 (l) (m)] Mail registration and check to: Safety and Buildings, Roberta Ward, PO Box 2689, Madison, WI 53701-2689
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