Chapter 3783: BUILDING STANDARDS - ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARDS

3783.01 Building standards - electrical safety standards definitions.

As used in sections 3783.01 to 3783.08 , inclusive, of the Revised Code:

(A) "Electrical safety inspector" means a person who is certified as provided in Chapter 3783. of the Revised Code.

(B) The "practice of electrical inspection" includes any ascertainment of compliance with the Ohio building code, or the electrical code of a political subdivision of this state by a person, who, for compensation, inspects the construction and installation of electrical conductors, fittings, devices, and fixtures for light, heat or power services equipment, or the installation, alteration, replacement, maintenance, or repair of any electrical wiring and equipment that is subject to any of the aforementioned codes.

(C) "Ohio building code" means the rules and regulations adopted by the board of building standards under Chapter 3781. of the Revised Code.

(D) "Board of building standards" or "board" means the board established by section 3781.07 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.01

Effective Date: 09-04-1970

3783.02 Exemptions.

Nothing in sections 3783.01 to 3783.08 of the Revised Code shall apply to inspection of the design, construction, maintenance, or replacement of any of the following:

(A) Installations in ships, watercraft, railway rolling stock, air craft, or automotive vehicles;

(B) Installations underground in mines;

(C) Installations of railways for the generation, transformation, transmission, or distribution of power used exclusively for operation of rolling stock or installations used exclusively for signaling and communication purposes;

(D) Installations of communication equipment under control of communication utilities, located outdoors or in building spaces used for such installations;

(E) Installations under the control of electric utilities for the purpose of communication, metering, or for the generation, control, transformation, transmission, and distribution of electric energy located in building spaces used by utilities for such purposes or located on property owned or leased by the utility or on public highways, streets, roads, etc., or by established rights on private property;

(F) Installations of elevators, dumbwaiters, and escalators as regulated by the bureau of workers' compensation.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.02

Effective Date: 11-03-1989

3783.03 Certificate of competency.

(A) The board of building standards shall issue a certificate of competency as an electrical safety inspector to any person whom it determines to be of good moral character and who successfully passes an examination pursuant to division (B) of this section, or who qualifies for renewal pursuant to section 3783.04 of the Revised Code. Each certificate of competency issued by the board shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of the board, and shall show on its face the dates of issuance and expiration.

(B) The board shall administer an examination to an applicant for a certificate of competency as an electrical safety inspector if such applicant has paid an application fee, as prescribed by the board, and meets any of the following qualifications:

(1) Has been a journeyman electrician or equivalent for four years, two years of which were as an electrician foreman, and has had two years experience as a building inspector trainee of electrical systems;

(2) Has been a journeyman electrician or equivalent for four years and has had three years experience as a building inspector trainee of electrical systems;

(3) Has had four years experience as a building inspector trainee of electrical systems;

(4) Has been a journeyman electrician or equivalent for six years;

(5) Is a graduate electrical engineer and registered by the state of Ohio.

An applicant who fails two examinations shall not be eligible to take another examination until he has successfully completed a training program approved by the board pursuant to division (C) of this section. A new application fee shall be required for each examination given an applicant.

(C) No training program for electrical safety inspectors shall be offered in this state unless approved by the board of building standards. The board may issue an electrical safety inspector trainee certificate to any person enrolled in an approved training program. A person possessing a trainee certificate may work under the supervision of an electrical safety inspector and such experience shall be considered equivalent to that of a building inspector trainee of electrical systems in satisfying the requirement under division (B) of this section.

(D) The board may deny a certificate to an applicant who commits an act that would constitute grounds for disciplinary action under Chapter 3783. of the Revised Code if committed by an electrical safety inspector.

(E) The board shall keep a record of the names, addresses, and such other information as it requires, of each electrical safety inspector and each electrical safety inspector trainee and a record of its proceedings under Chapter 3783. of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.03

Effective Date: 06-22-1984

3783.04 Renewing certificates.

All certificates of competency issued to electrical safety inspectors shall expire three years from the date of issuance unless renewed according to the standard renewal procedure of sections 4745.01 to 4745.03 of the Revised Code. The board of building standards shall establish the amount of the renewal fee.

Each renewal certificate shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of the board, and shall show on its face the dates of issuance and expiration. The board may provide for the issuance of a duplicate certificate to a certified electrical safety inspector upon proof that his original certificate has been lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated. A fee in an amount established by the board shall be charged for such issuance.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.04

Effective Date: 09-04-1970

3783.05 Board of building standards rules - fees credited to industrial compliance operating fund.

The board of building standards, in accordance with Chapters 119., 3781., and 3791. of the Revised Code, shall adopt, amend, or repeal such rules as may be reasonably necessary to administer this chapter. All fees collected by the board pursuant to this chapter shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the industrial compliance operating fund created in section 121.084 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.05

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 10-29-1995

3783.06 Certificate required.

No person shall engage in the practice of electrical inspection in this state unless he is the holder of a certificate of competency as an electrical safety inspector issued under Chapter 3783. of the Revised Code. Any person practicing or offering to practice electrical inspection shall show proof of his certification upon request as provided by rules of the board of building standards.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.06

Effective Date: 03-22-1973

3783.07 Investigations.

The board, upon its own motion or upon a written complaint of any person affected by enforcement, may investigate the actions of any electrical safety inspector and may revoke or suspend the certificate of any electrical safety inspector for reasons that shall be established by regulations adopted by the board. Hearings shall be held and appeals permitted on any such proceedings for revocation or suspension of a certificate of competency as an electrical safety inspector as provided in section 3781.101 of the Revised Code for other proceedings of the board of building standards.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.07

Effective Date: 09-04-1970

3783.08 Electrical safety inspector advisory committee.

The board of building standards shall appoint an electrical safety inspector advisory committee which shall consist of five members, as follows: one electrical contractor, one electrical engineer who is registered in accordance with Chapter 4733. of the Revised Code, one electrical safety inspector who is employed by the department of commerce, and two electrical safety inspectors who are employed by municipal or county building departments that are certified pursuant to section 3781.10 of the Revised Code. Members of the advisory committee shall receive their actual and necessary expenses.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.08

Effective Date: 12-02-1996

3783.09 Effect of child support default on certificate.

On receipt of a notice pursuant to section 3123.43 of the Revised Code, the board of building standards shall comply with sections 3123.41 to 3123.50 of the Revised Code and any applicable rules adopted under section 3123.63 of the Revised Code with respect to a certificate issued pursuant to this chapter.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.09

Effective Date: 03-22-2001

3783.99 Penalty.

Whoever violates section 3783.06 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.

Cite as R.C. § 3783.99

Effective Date: 09-04-1970