A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8: GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 3, Sections 3242 and 3248; and
TITLE 24: CALIFORNIA ELEVATOR SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 24, Glass and Glazing, 1997 Uniform Building Code. Chapter 2, Definitions; and Chapter 11, Refrigeration, 1997 Uniform Mechanical code. Matrix Adoption Tables
Glass and Glazing; and Mechanical Refrigeration Systems
INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS

INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 3242. Glass and Glazing.
Existing Section 3242 states that specifications for glass and glazing shall meet the requirements of Chapter 54 of the 1982 Uniform Building Code (UBC). The proposal will require in new subsection (b) that glass and glazing installed after the effective date of the regulation meet the requirements of the 1997 UBC.

The 1997 UBC contains installation and material requirements for glass railings, racketball and squash courts, and sloped glazing and skylights which are not contained in the 1982 UBC. However, the proposal will have no effect upon the regulated public. This is because the California Building Standards Commission has adopted the model code requirements for these installations published in the 1994 UBC and will be adopting the 1997 UBC model codes in the future. Local jurisdictions such as city and county planning and development departments require building owners involved in construction or remodeling activities to meet the model code requirements.

Section 3248. Mechanical Refrigeration.
Existing Section 3248 requires that mechanical refrigeration systems meet the requirements contained in Chapters 4, 15 and 16 of the 1982 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). Chapter 4 of the 1982 UMC contains definitions and Chapters 15 and 16 pertain to the requirements for mechanical refrigeration equipment and the storage of refrigerants, respectively. An editorial revision will letter the requirements for mechanical refrigeration systems placed in service on or before the effective date of the regulations as subsection (a). The proposal will also require in new subsection (b) that mechanical refrigeration systems placed into service after the effective date of the regulation meet the requirements of the 1997 UMC.

Additionally, a minor editorial revision is proposed in the Note of Section 3248 to clarify that the provisions of the Note apply to all of Section 3248.

The 1997 UMC contains new definitions and classification criteria for refrigerants consistent with current technology for the installation and use of refrigeration systems. Additionally, there are design requirements such as the installation of detection and alarm systems which are not contained in the 1982 edition of the UMC. However, the proposal will have no effect upon the regulated public. This is because the California Building Standards Commission has adopted the model code requirements for refrigeration systems contained in the 1994 UMC and will be adopting the 1997 model codes in the near future. Local jurisdictions such as city and county planning and development departments already require the installation of mechanical refrigeration systems to meet the model code requirements.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

  1. Chapter 24, Glass and Glazing, 1997 Uniform Building Code.
  2. Chapter 2, Definitions; and Chapter 11, Refrigeration, 1997 Uniform Mechanical Code.
These documents are too cumbersome or impractical to publish in Title 8. Therefore, it is proposed to incorporate the documents by reference. Copies of these documents are available for review during normal business hours at the Standards Board Office located at 1300 I Street, Suite 920, Sacramento, California.