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  Proposed Rule Changes

Office of the State Fire Marshal proposes carbon dioxide detectors be placed inside commercial buildings where pressurized CO2 systems are located

These proposed rule changes would require that carbon dioxide detectors be placed inside every commercial building where any portion of a pressurized carbon dioxide vessel system is located. The changes would also, for newly installed systems only, require that the exit points of boiler ventilation piping (both intake and exhaust) be located outside of an occupancy at least 36 inches above grade to prevent carbon monoxide buildup during times of high snowfall. Third, the changes would clarify the inspection cycle for a historical boiler in the event that one or more required inspections are not conducted by the owner or operator. If four consecutive years of inspections are not conducted, this rulemaking would require the owner to start a new cycle of regular inspections at 2-year intervals with an initial inspection that conducts ultrasonic testing (UT) of 100% of the surface of the object using certified UT testing personnel. These amendments would also update the national technical codes incorporated into these rules as required by Section 2 of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act, 430 ILCS 75/2.

 

OSFM will be accepting comments during the 45 day public comment period from May 6, 2016 through June 20, 2016.  Comments may be sent to:

 

Tom Andryk
Division of Legal Counsel
Office of the State Fire Marshal
1035 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, Illinois, 62703

 

 

 Notice and proposed language for rule changes to 41 Ill. Adm. Code 2120

Office of the State Fire Marshal proposes rules to update Fire Protection Personnel Certification standards

Rules being proposed by OSFM will update the certification requirements in Subpart D of 41 Illinois Administrative Code Part 141 in order to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards used by the Division of Personnel Standards & Education. Subpart D is changed to remove obsolete certification levels and add new certification levels. Revisions are also being made to the current certification levels for consistency and clarification. These proposed rules also establish electronic scheduling of approved courses, update the equivalency determination procedures for non-approved course completions, allow for the proctoring of State written exams by approved test facilities and proctors and eliminate the now obsolete bypass exam procedures. OSFM will be accepting comments during the 45 day public comment period from November 18, 2016 through January 3, 2017. Comments may be sent to:

 

Office of the State Fire Marshal, Division of Legal Counsel
Attn: Deborah J. Williams
1035 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, IL 62703

 

 Notice and Proposed language for rule changes to 41 Ill. Adm. Code 141