The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is considering amendments to the electrical rules based upon new safety code requirements from the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The 2014 NEC was adopted by the Department on March 1, 2013 to replace the current 2008 NEC standards and will become effective on July 1, 2014. The proposed changes would amend all sections of Chapter 296-46B of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), excluding the Scope of Work requirements in WAC 296-46B-920.

From October 1 through October 31, 2013, the Department accepted rule proposals from external stakeholders and internal department proposals. On March 4, 2014 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (CR-102) was filed, and the Proposed Rules published for public comment. On April 10, 2014, the Department held a public hearing on the Proposed Rules. The tentative adoption date for the Proposed Rules is May 20, 2014and the tentative effective date is July 1, 2014.

Additional Sources: Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Rules Under Development: Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation