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Apr. 8, 1999

Proposals would affect rules for factory-built structures
Standards also sought for factory-built temporary worker housing

TUMWATER - Rules for factory-assembled structures would be clarified under a proposal scheduled for public hearings May 11 and 14 by the state Department of Labor & Industries.

Labor & Industries is the state agency with jurisdiction over construction of manufactured homes, factory-built housing and commercial structures, commercial coaches, such as vendor units for food sales, recreational vehicles and recreational park trailers. The agency reviews design plans for units intended for sale in Washington. It also conducts factory inspections, and inspects manufactured homes on site when they are altered.

The proposed rule changes would also bring the rules for department inspections of these units into compliance with state electrical and building codes for structural, mechanical and plumbing systems.

A new chapter is also proposed to incorporate the state Department of Health's Temporary Worker Housing Construction Code into standards for factory-built temporary worker housing structures.

The proposals would take effect June 28, 1999.

The first public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 11 at Cavanaugh's at Yakima Center, 607 E. Yakima Ave., Yakima. A second public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 14 in the auditorium of the Labor & Industries Building, 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater.

Full copies of the proposed changes can be obtained by calling:

Factory-Assembled Structure Program: 360-902-5245

Written comments on the rule change proposals are due by May 14, 1999. They
may be sent to:

Elaine Fischer
Administrative Regulations Coordinator
Specialty Compliance Services Division
P. O. Box 44460
Olympia WA 98504-4460

FAX comments (must be 10 pages or less) to: (360) 902-5292.


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