Edition: Vol. 07, No. 08
Edition date: August 27, 2014

 

Important information from the Oregon Building Codes Division to local building departments.

BCD Office Closures

Monday, Sept. 1

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

Aug. 5: Board of Boiler Rules

Aug. 6: Building Codes Structures Board - Canceled

Aug. 12: 2014 OBPVSC Committee

Aug. 21: State Plumbing Board

Sept. 10: Mechanical Board - Canceled

Sept. 25: Electrical and Elevator Board

 
 
Statewide Interpretations

None

 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - August 27, 2014

CERTIFICATION TRAINING UPDATE – SPECIAL NOTICE

The new training requirements have been in place for five months. During this time, the division has provided 16 trainings for building officials, inspectors and plans examiners with 522 attendees. This notice provides updates on the building official’s role as it relates to certification training, clarifies which classes count as continuing education and lists current course offerings.

Building Official Responsibility
Building officials are responsible to ensure all of the inspectors and plans examiners in their jurisdiction take required continuing education to keep their certification current. This newsletter is one of the division’s notification tools for updating building officials on required training and upcoming course offerings. This information is also available through the BCD training website. If building officials want inspectors and plans examiners to receive the information directly, please have each individual sign up for notifications. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the local building official to ensure that their inspectors complete the required training.

Continuing Education Clarification for Electrical and
Plumbing Inspectors

The division has received a number of questions from inspectors who also hold trade licenses (e.g. electrical signing supervisor and electrical and plumbing journeyman). The requirement for continuing education is different for inspectors and licensed trades people. The classes related to the 2014 code change are not interchangeable. Inspector training requirements are established by the division. The advisory board establishes continuing education requirements for the licensed trades.

Building officials and inspectors should remember that maintaining a trade license (e.g. plumbing, electrical) is not necessary to maintain an inspector certification. License requirements and inspector requirements are not the same.

Inspector Training Requirements – Inspectors must take the continuing education courses required by the division. The division no longer tracks the number of continuing education hours for inspectors and the number of training hours are not placed on the certificate of attendance.

Licensee Training Requirements – A plumbing or electrical inspector who wants to maintain their trade license must track their continuing education by the number of hours and the course for the purpose of renewing their license. The content and instructor is approved by the applicable board. For this code cycle, the class offered by BCD is too short to satisfy the licensing requirement. Again, building officials are not obligated by law to maintain trade licenses for their staff.

New Course Offering for Residential Inspectors and
Plans Examiners

In an effort to provide meaningful training, the division is developing a residential course for inspectors and plans examiners. The course will last approximately 3½ to 4 hours and covers all of the code change requirements for residential structures, including electrical, plumbing and structural. This course is an alternative for residential electrical and plumbing inspectors. Specialized final inspectors may also take this class to meet their continuing education requirements. The class allows individuals with multiple residential certifications to meet all of their certification continuing education requirements through one class. This class provides the building official a choice. They can send their specialized final inspector and their electrical and/or plumbing inspector to this residential class or to each electrical or plumbing code change class depending on the certification needs of the inspector. If you are already registered for a class, but want to take advantage of this choice, contact the training program as soon as possible. The division will announce locations and times for this training towards the beginning of September.

NOTE: No continuing education is required for residential structural and mechanical inspectors or plans examiners. However, the division will provide updated material during the residential class for those individuals choosing to attend.

For questions contact Wendy McKay, Senior Training Program Specialist, at 503-378-2716.

Plumbing and Electrical Code Change Training

Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) and Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) code change training, required for all commercial plumbing and electrical inspectors, continues through August and September. There are live sessions scheduled around the state and a live webinar for inspectors that are not able to join the live class.

Building Officials have the responsibility to ensure that a jurisdiction’s inspectors complete all required continuing education and must register them for this training. The division’s training webpage explains the registration process.

Registrations are open until full, or 48 hours prior to the start of class, whichever comes first. Online webinars are limited to 100 students, so please register soon.

For questions contact Wendy McKay, Senior Training Program Specialist, at 503-378-2716.

Last Chance for OSSC/OMSC Code Change Update

The final opportunity to complete this code change class (required for all commercial structural and mechanical inspectors and plans examiners) is in September at Clackamas Community College. Registrations are accepted until the seats are all taken. Staff that attend the training must be sponsored by their building official. Follow the registration instructions on the division’s training webpage:

September 24
Clackamas Community College
McLoughlin Hall,
Located in McLoughlin Auditorium
19600 Molalla Ave.
Oregon City, OR 97045
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(Registration: 8:00 a.m.)

Training the Next Generation of Building Inspectors

BCD is changing the inspector training and certification requirements to help local building inspection programs better meet the challenges of an aging workforce, stressed local budgets, and a boom and bust construction cycle, please read, Training the Next Generation of Building Inspectors Today, on our Better Buildings for Oregon blog.

For questions contact Wendy McKay, Senior Training Program Specialist, at 503-378-2716.

Code Change Updates

Structural Specialty Code Became Effective July 1
The 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) is published and available for purchase. There is a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory (July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014). The provisions of the 2014 OSSC become mandatory October 1, 2014. The Oregon amendments are available at the following links:

  • All new Oregon Amendments adopted during the code promulgation process for the 2014 OSSC.

  • Oregon Amendments in their entirety, both the new amendments from the 2014 OSSC and the existing amendments from the 2010 OSSC.

For additional code information, contact Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at 503-378-4635.

The energy provisions of the 2014 OSSC are also published and available for purchase as the 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC). These provisions went through a separate committee. Their approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents are available on the committee webpage.

For additional information contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Mechanical Specialty Code Became Effective July 1
The 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) is published and available for purchase. There is a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory (July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014). The provisions of the 2014 OMSC become mandatory October 1, 2014. The Oregon amendments are available at the following links:

  • All new Oregon Amendments adopted during the code promulgation process for the 2014 OMSC.

  • Oregon Amendments in their entirety, both the new amendments from the 2014 OMSC and the existing amendments from the 2010 OMSC.

For additional information contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code
Adoption Process Begins

The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code (OBPVSC) began April 1, 2014. The time period for submitting code change proposals ended on May 15, 2014. The first committee meeting took place on August 12, 2014 and more information on the meeting is available on the committee webpage. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OBPVSC is January 1, 2015.

For additional information, contact Tyler Larson, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-1227 or Kevin Perdue, Boiler Program Chief, at 503-373-7499.

Residential Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013. The Residential and Manufactured Structures Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on May 9, 2014 and the division anticipates that 2014 ORSC code change insert pages for 2010 ORSC code books will be available for download on the division’s website in early September. In addition, ICC is producing a downloadable PDF version which should be available soon.

For additional information, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755.

Plumbing Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013. The State Plumbing Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on April 20, 2014. The division held a public hearing on June 17, 2014 and accepted written comments on the code until June 25, 2014. The committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents are available on the committee webpage. The division is anticipating the code to be available to the public for an October 1, 2014 adoption date.

For additional information, contact Andy Skinner, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Electrical Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. The Electrical and Elevator Board reviewed and approved the code change recommendations made by the OESC Committee on February 27, 2014. The division held a public hearing on June 17, 2014 and accepted written comments until June 20, 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, contact Shawn Haggin, Electrical Program Assistant Chief, at 503-378-5838.

Enforcement

Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Electrical & Elevator Board

Summary report: These cases were resolved by the division's enforcement section without going to a contested case hearing. No action was required by the Electrical and Elevator Board.

Electrical License Suspensions and Revocations

Final Order after Hearing


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