Emergency Rule - Suspension of ICC/NAFED Certification
On March 1st, the Washington State Building Code Council filed an emergency rule for the suspension of specific provisions contained in WAC 51-54A-0904. See the emergency rule. WSR 21-06-068.pdf
The emergency rule was needed to address the lack of certified technicians in the state. Here is our emergency rule request. WSAFM Emergency Rule Request.pdf
The following provisions have been suspended for a period of 120-days starting on March 1st, 2021. The WAC will be re-enacted on July 1st, 2021.
904.1.1 Certification of service personnel for fire-extinguishing equipment. Service personnel performing system design, installation or conducting system maintenance or testing on automatic fire-extinguishing systems, other than automatic sprinkler systems, shall possess the appropriate ICC/NAFED certification.
904.1.1.1 Pre-engineered kitchen fire-extinguishing systems. A current ICC/NAFED certification for pre-engineered kitchen fire-extinguishing systems is required when performing design, installation, inspection/testing or maintenance on kitchen suppression systems.
904.1.1.2 Engineered fire suppression systems. A current ICC/NAFED certification for engineered fire suppression systems is required when performing design, installation, inspection/testing or maintenance on kitchen suppression systems.
904.1.1.3 Pre-engineered industrial fire-extinguishing system. A current ICC/NAFED certification for pre-engineered industrial fire-extinguishing system is required when performing design, installation, inspection/testing or maintenance on kitchen suppression systems.
(The above WAC language was published with cut and paste errors. The Association is working with the SBCC to provide an errata for this code section.)
Guidance in Adoption of RCW 19.27.700
During the 2020 legislative session, House Bill 2701 created Revised Code of Washington sections 19.27.700 through 19.27.740. The new RCW language creates inspection and testing of fire and smoke control systems regulations. The Association opposed the bill during the hearings. The Association supports the inspection and testing of smoke control systems, but took issues with the unfunded mandate, inspection and testing personnel qualifications, the July 1st, 2021 implementation date, and that the regulations were not found in the Washington Administrative Code.
The Association made several attempts during the 2021 legislative session to fix and clarify the language to no avail. There was some movement made at the State Building Code Council to support the formation of a taskforce of stakeholders, regulators, and legislators to draft comprehensive language for the 2022 legislative session. We will be taking the lead in the formation and facilitation of this taskforce. We are confident that we will be successful in the development of new language which will address the main concerns of the existing language.
Since this language is an RCW, any implementation of these provisions at the local level will require a standalone ordinance. We are recommending caution for any of our member agencies when considering a local adoption for the reasons stated above. Please contact the Association for any assistance or information.