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April 22, 1998

New certificate would certify plumbers for medical gas piping

TUMWATER - Proposed rules concerning a new certificate of competency for plumbers to install medical gas piping in Washington will be the subject of public hearings in Tumwater and Spokane in late May.

Medical gas piping is used in hospitals and in doctors' and dentists' offices to carry breathing air, nitrous oxide for anesthesia or pure oxygen. The new certificate is available to journeyman plumbers who meet the additional certification requirements for installing medical gas piping.

Plumbing certification is under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Labor & Industries. The proposed new administrative rules follow legislation updating state plumbing law passed in 1997 at the urging of the plumbing industry.

Public hearings on the proposed rule changes are set for 1:30 p.m. May 26 in the auditorium of the L&I Building in Tumwater, 7273 Linderson Way, and at 1:30 p.m. May 27 at the L&I service location in Spokane, 901 N. Monroe.

Full copies of the proposed rule changes can be obtained by calling the Plumber Certification Program at 360-902-5263.

Written comments on the rule change proposals are due by 5 p.m. June 3. They may be sent to:

Department of Labor & Industries
Attention: Chief Contractor Compliance/Plumber Certification
P.O. Box 4447
Olympia, Washington 98504-4470

Written comments of less than 10 pages may be faxed to: 360-902-5292.

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