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  • January 04, 2019 4:08 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    L&I released its list of the Top 10 Violations in 2018 for construction jobsites. With inspectors visiting construction jobsites more than 13,000 times last year alone, it pays to take a few minutes and think about how your company measures up in the following areas:

    1. Accident prevention program (safety plan)
    2. Fall protection
    3. Ladder Use
    4. Asbestos, Tremolite, Anthophyllite, and Actinolite
    5. Tools – Hand and Power
    6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Head Protection
    7. Scaffolding
    8. Management’s Responsibility
    9. General Protection Requirements
    10. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Construction 

    Violations for any of these areas generally result in mandatory, minimum fines of $1,000 to $7,000 each. (First aid training and certification is also frequently cited, but does not come with financial penalties.) The fines quickly multiply based on the severity of the violation — the likelihood that a worker would be injured — or in cases of a willful or repeat violation.

    For example, let’s say you have an employee working 30 feet in the air, with little documented training, and using improper fall protection. That fine would be $7,000. If your company gets cited five more times within three years, your next fine will be $105,000 for that occurrence.

    The bottom line is that it’s not unusual to see fines in the tens of thousands of dollars, with several each year costing $100,000 or more. An ineffective safety program can put your company our of business. 

    While there are ten frequently cited violations, Approach safety manager Holly Markee says three focal points can help your company to protect itself and its employees from safety violations and potential accidents:

    1. Employers – Safety needs to run through the company, from the top down and from the bottom up. Know what safety rules pertain to your business and how to comply with them. Train employees about the importance of safety and why the rules are in place.
    2. Employees – Each member of the team must be accountable and must follow company safety rules. Consider selecting a different employee each week on a crew to make sure everyone is following safety rules.
    3. Supervisors – Leaders need to hold workers accountable but should not be babysitters for crews. Safety needs to be everybody’s responsibility.

    With this mindset in place, says Holly, “Your company is going beyond just reading the manual for ten minutes and signing a form. You’re building a safety culture with clear expectations because, at the end of the day, all citations are preventable and it all starts with training and accountability.” 

    When it comes to getting a safety program up and running, start with the basics:

    • Accident Prevention Program (APP) – this bit of documentation is required by law for every employer. Having it written, implemented with training, and enforced is the first step for any company and will keep your company from being cited for #1 violation in the state – lack of an APP – a $2,000 to $3,000 fine.
    • Safety Meetings – these are required each time you open a new jobsite and weekly thereafter.
    • Safety Training – provide training programs for the hazards your employees are exposed to.
      • Example 1 – fall protection how to wear it, take care of it, and inspect it.
      • Example 2 – training a new tool, which is required whenever a new tool is introduced.
    • Enforcement – disobeying a safety rule must result in immediate discipline and documentation. But, also take time to talk with employees about why rules are in place and to thank employees doing the right thing. 

    For assistance, please contact BNCW at (509) 293-5840

  • November 27, 2018 3:46 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The City of East Wenatchee's planning commission is a seven-member volunteer board.  The members are appointed by the Mayor. The primary role of the planning commission is to serve in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city council regarding land use matters.  They also conduct public hearings for various land use permits.  The planning commission typically meets once per month.  The position open will fill the remaining term of a member who is no longer able to serve on the Planning Commission Board. The City will be accepting applications until position is filled. Applicants must reside within the city or in Douglas County within three miles of the City limits, own property within the City, or do business in the City. 

    For an application form, click here.

  • August 20, 2018 9:37 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The City's Planning Commission currently has one vacancy.  If you are interested in volunteering and serving on the Commission, please complete a Volunteer Commission and Board application and submit it to Tammy Stanger, City Clerk.

    The Planning Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and begin at 5:30 pm. All meetings are held at Wenatchee City Hall, 129 South Chelan Avenue. 

  • August 03, 2018 9:13 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

  • August 02, 2018 12:33 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Douglas County residents interested in the future of their community have an opportunity to be involved with the planning processes in the county through service on the Planning Commission. There is one position open for appointment in District 1 and one at-large position open for appointment. To be eligible for appointment, interested persons must reside in and be a registered voter of Douglas County in the district you are applying for. You can check which commissioner district you reside in by viewing the elections-related maps.

    The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is asking persons interested in serving to nominate themselves by submitting a Volunteer Commission and Board Application.  

    Submit application materials to the Board of County Commissioners Deputy Clerk Tiana Rowland at by August 30, 2018.

  • July 09, 2018 2:23 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    BNCW has received the following message:

    Good Afternoon Everyone;

    The Chelan County Department of Community Development will be CLOSED Wednesday, July 25th for a Staff In-Service day.

    ONLY building permit inspections and building inspection scheduling will be available on this day.

    Due to short-staffing and a high volume of permit applications, this in-service day is needed to provide staff an opportunity to focus on existing permit processing to reduce backlogs and improve on-time permit issuance.

    Community Development plans to continue to have a Staff In-Service Day on the last Wednesday of each month through September, 2018.

  • June 06, 2018 12:49 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    It's important that you're aware of the fact that the Department of Ecology has issued the DRAFT 2018 Updated Stormwater Management Manual for Eastern Washington for public comment. This flyer provides specific information regarding the process and timelines.

    The updated manual includes revisions to the existing manual, incorporation of the Eastern Washington Low-Impact Development Manual, and incorporation of the Underground Injection Control document. 

    This is the time and opportunity to review and comment on the manual regarding changes and additions that are being proposed. 

    The Wenatchee Valley Stormwater Technical Advisory Commmittee (WVSTAC) is strongly encouraging contractors and developers to submit comments to Ecology before the comment period ends July 25, 2018. 

    Additional information, including a link hosted by WVSTAC, to the revised DRAFT Manual can be accessed by clicking here.

    While BNCW will be submitting a comment letter on behalf of the Association and our members, it's very important that Ecology receive comment letters directly from concerned stakeholders, too

    Here is a summary of the major revisions in the Draft 2018 Manual:

    • New flowcharts to clarify new development and redevelopment requirements in Chapter 2
    • Updated BMP template for Chapters 5 and 6
    • Updated Site Suitability Criteria
    • Clarified and updated the Underground Injection Control (UIC) guidance
    • New flow control and runoff treatment BMPs (LID)
    • New source control and construction BMPs in Chapters 7 and 8
    • Updated dispersion BMP design guidance
    • Updated infiltration Rat Determination Guidelines (LID)
    • New Site Planning Principles and Design Strategies appendix (LID)
    • Updated planting recommendations
    We appreciate your attention and engagement in this matter!

  • March 26, 2018 4:52 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Brief Description: This rulemaking creates chapter 296-840 WAC, Respirable Crystalline Silica, and amends WAC 296-841-20025, Permissible exposure limits (PELs), and WAC 296-307-62625, Permissible exposure limits of air contaminants. These amendments update references to the respirable crystalline silica rule.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA’s) final rule for Respirable Crystalline Silica in 29 CFR 1926.1153 (Construction) and 29 CFR 1910.1053 (General Industry/Maritime) became effective on June 23, 2016. The department is required to update their rules to be at least as effective as OSHA.

    The department’s Respirable Crystalline Silica rule covers construction and general industry in one rule (chapter 296-840 WAC), whereas OSHA has separate rules for each. The new Silica chapter addresses and limits worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica in workplaces, with the intent of curbing lung cancer incidents, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in Washington workers.

    The effective date of the rule is April 23, 2018, and the compliance dates are as follows: 
         • For occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by October 1, 2018
         • For all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica other than construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by July 1, 2019, except:
         • Employers must comply with the medical surveillance requirements for employees exposed above the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for thirty or more days per year beginning on July 1, 2019
         • Employers must comply with the medical surveillance requirements for employees exposed above the Action Level (Al) for thirty or more days per year beginning on June 23, 2020; and 
         • For hydraulic and fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry, employers must comply with the engineering control requirements beginning on July 1, 2022.

    Effective date:  April 23, 2018

  • March 21, 2018 10:11 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The City of East Wenatchee currently has an opening for a position on the Planning Commission. Applicants must reside within the city or in Douglas County within three miles of the city limits, own property within the city limits, or do business in the city. The Mayor makes all appointments to the Planning Commission and the term of office is two years.

    For more information and an application for appointment, please click here. We strongly encourage our members to get involved in important positions like these!

  • January 26, 2018 8:29 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Rules filed January 23, 2018

    Division: Field Services and Public Safety (Electrical Program)

    Topic: Adoption (CR-103) - Electrical Rules

    Brief Description:  This rulemaking amends WAC 296-46B-920, Electrical/telecommunications license/certificate types and scope of work. The Department accepted two petitions for rulemaking to modify the scopes of work for Residential (02) and Signs (04) electrician specialties.

    The adopted rule:

    • Allows Residential (02) specialty electricians to work in multi-family occupancies of buildings of types III, IV or V construction when there are not more than six stories of multifamily dwellings of types III, IV or V construction above grade or above types I or II construction. Under the current rule, Residential (02) specialty electricians are limited to installation of non-metallic sheathed cable in multifamily dwellings to three stories above grade. The adopted rule aligns the scope of work for Residential (02) specialty electricians with the building code requirements for the installation of non-metallic sheathed cable. Building codes restrict the building construction types where non-metallic sheathed cable can be used to a maximum of six stories. The building code allows a maximum of those six stories to be built above grade (types III, IV or V construction above grade) or above types of construction where non-metallic sheathed cable is not allowed, commonly referred to as pedestal construction (types III, IV or V construction above types I or II construction); and
    • Allows Signs (04) specialty electricians to retrofit existing luminaires that are mounted on a pole or other structure with energy efficient technology, such as LED’s. Under the existing rule, Signs (04) specialty electricians can service, maintain, or repair these luminaires with like-in-kind components but the rule prohibits alterations such as LED retrofits. Electrical contractors and electricians licensed as General (01), Nonresidential (07) specialty, or Nonresidential Lighting Maintenance and Lighting Retrofit (07A) specialty must perform this type of alteration work.

    Effective date: February 23, 2018

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