Event Details

Electrical Rule - Code Adoption

Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
9 a.m.

Location

In-person:
Department of Labor & Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Olympia-Tumwater, L&I Office Location

To join on your computer or mobile app (Zoom):
https://lni-wa-gov.zoom.us/j/81522232436?pwd=dStmUVdoU0o4WGtsbUsvT2I5RDk2UT09
Passcode: xZ+m4AFj

To join by phone (audio only):
253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 815 2223 2436
Passcode: 50041258

The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until all oral comments are received.

L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2024.

Purpose

The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend Chapter 296-46B WAC to adopt the 2023 edition of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 70, the National Electrical Code (NEC), and other related codes for electrical. The 2023 NEC (NFPA 70-2023) would replace the current 2020 NEC (NFPA 70-2020) adopted standards. The Electrical Program reviewed the existing rules and 2023 NEC (NFPA 70-2023) to update rules for consistency with the latest national safety standards and industry practice. The 2023 edition of the code presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, grounding and installation of equipment. Washington’s electrical stakeholders and other interested parties were invited to participate in the review process, submit proposals and provide recommendations to L&I for possible rule amendments. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of industry experts and the Electrical Board reviewed the proposals and provided recommendations on adoption of the rules. This rulemaking is necessary to adopt the latest safety codes, and other amendments to the rules identified during the formal review process and recommended by stakeholders to improve public safety.