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Timeline of State Programs Administered by the Safety and Buildings Division and the WBSN. 

 

Year                            Event
 
1867    Wisconsin Has First Worker Safety Law in U.S.

 

1870    Two Percent Fire Dues Program Started

 

1876    State Board of Health Created

 

1885    Fire Escapes Law for Commercial Bldgs.

 

1887    First Machine Guard Safety Law

 

1889    Inspectors Began to Enforce Workplace Safety Laws

 

1911    Industrial Commission Established

 

1913    Six States Have Industrial Commissions

 

             Fire Inspections by Municipalities Required

 

             First Elevator Code

 

1914    First Plumbing Code

 

             Plumber Licensing Started for Cities

 

             First Commercial Building Code

 

             First Boiler Code

 

             Boiler Inspections by Insurance Companies Accepted

 

1915    Mandatory Certification of Boiler Inspectors

 

             Commercial Building Plan Review Started

 

1917    First Electrical Code

 

             Fire Prevention Program Transferred to Industrial Comm.

 

1918    Elevator Inspections by Insurance Companies Accepted

 

             First Mechanical Refrigeration Code

 

             First Fire Prevention Code

 

1922    First Mine Safety Code

 

1933    First Explosive Materials Code

 

1948    First Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code

 

1957    Wisconsin Adopts National Model Boiler Code

 

1960    First Anhydrous Ammonia Code

 

1963    Wisconsin Law Required Buildings to be Accessible

 

             Plumber Licensing Required Statewide

 

1967    Safety and Building Division is Named

 

             First Amusement Ride Code

 

             First Tramway, Lift and Tow Code

 

1971    Counties Must Issue Septic Tank Permits

 

             Federal OSHA Progrm Modeled After Wisconsin Program

 

1972    Licensing of All Fire Sprinkler Fitters and Contractors

 

             Plumbing Code Became a State-wide Uniform Code

 

             First Adoption of National Model Electrical Code

 

1974    Certification of All Soil Testers Started at DHSS

 

             Septic System Plan Review Began at DHSS

 

             Plumbing Plan Review Began at DHSS

 

1975    Dwelling Code Council Created

 

             Job Safety Inspections Transferred to Federal OSHA Program

 

             First Public Sector Employee Safety Code

 

1978    Wisconsin Fund Program Started at DNR

 

1979    Plumbing Bureau Transferred to S&B

 

1980    By Law, Counties Must Inspect Septic Systems

 

             First Uniform Dwelling Code

 

             Certification of All UDC Inspectors

 

1981    Law Requires Historic Building Code

 

1982    Public Employee Safety Code Pegged to OSHA Standards

 

1983    Rental Unit Energy Efficiency Program Began

 

             First Adoption of National Model Elevator Code

 

             Certification of All Elevator Inspectors

 

1985    Voluntary Certification of Commercial Building Inspectors Began

 

             First Liquefied Natural Gas Code

 

1986    Voluntary Certification of Electricians

 

1987    Certification of All Commercial Electrical Inspectors

 

1989    First Compressed Natural Gas Code

 

1991    First Fire Deptartment Safety and Health Code

 

             Wisconsin Fund Program Transferred to S&B

 

1992    First Soil Erosion Rules in the Uniform Dwelling Code

 

1994    First Soil Erosion Rules in the Commercial Building Code

 

             Public Swimming Pool Program Transferred to S&B

 

1995    Registration of All HVAC Contractors

 

             Licensing of All UDC Contractors

 

             First Uniform Multifamily Dwelling Code

 

1996    Department of Commerce Created

 

1999    Rental Energy Program Gets Citation Authority

 

2000    Mobile Home Sales Licensing Came to S&B

 

             Mobile Home Park Licensing Came to S&B

 

2001    Mobile Home Titling Came to S&B

 

2002    First Adoption of Model Commercial Building Code

 

             First Adoption of Model Fire Prevention Code

 

2003    Inspection of Public Pools by S&B Started

 

2004    First Hydrogen Gas Code

 

2005    UDC Permits and Inspections Required Statewide

 

2007    Licensing All Manufactured Home Installers

 

             UDC Includes Manufactured Homes

 

2008    Licensing All Elevator Installers

 
             Electrician Licensing & Inspection Law

 

2009    Registration of All Building Contractors

 

             Commercial Building Soil Erosion Transferred to DNR

 

             Federal Government Require More Energy Code Enforcement by 2017

 

2010    Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required in Commercial Housing

 

             No Smoking Law Effective In July

 

 

 

NOTE:

DHSS = Department of Health and Social Services
DNR = Department of Natural Resources

UDC = Uniform Dwelling Code