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L&I Adopts Changes to Electrical Safety Standards and Will Delay the Effective Date Until Oct. 29

Posted on Jun 12, 2020 in:
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The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has adopted changes (CR-103) to the state’s electrical rules that will amend new safety codes, update and clarify existing rules, and make housekeeping and other rule changes. The changes affect “chapter 296-46B WAC Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation.”

The new rules were adopted on May 19, with an effective date of July 1. Due to the evolving coronavirus outbreak, L&I will move the effective date of the new rules and the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) to October 29, 2020. Review the new rules.

If you need additional information or have any questions, contact Alicia Curry, 360.902.6244 or For technical assistance on the new rules, contact Steve Thornton, 360.902.6234 or


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