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  • November 18, 2015 11:44 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology finalized changes to its water quality permit that covers approximately 2,000 construction sites across the state and helps prevent muddy runoff when it rains.

    Muddy runoff is a pollution problem when it reaches downstream waters, either directly or through stormwater drains. Sediment and minerals in muddy runoff can harm aquatic life and fish habitat, feed plant growth, and contribute to algae blooms that deplete oxygen in water.

    Changes to the permit are minor, but include:

    ·       Required electronic submittal of the permit application.

    ·       Special protections for areas that will be used for low-impact development.

    “This permit is an important tool in helping us prevent pollution as land is developed. The updates we’ve made are in keeping with our transition to e-business goals,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of Ecology’s Water Quality Program.

    The updated permit goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016. Find out more by visiting Ecology’s website

  • October 09, 2015 5:23 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Tumwater – All employers in Washington will receive a new required Job Safety and Health poster this month from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

    The mailing was prompted by a major change in what employers must report to L&I. Under the new requirement, employers must now report to L&I within 24 hours if a worker suffers an amputation or loss of an eye and is not admitted to the hospital. This is in addition to the existing requirement to report within eight hours any workplace fatality or inpatient hospitalization.

    L&I changed the requirement so Washington would be in compliance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

    Employers should discard their old Job Safety and Health poster and replace it with the new one dated 09-2015.

    L&I requires employers to post three workplace posters. The other two were not changed, so employers don’t need to replace them if they have the current version.

    The other two posters and valid dates are:

    • ·         Notice to Employees − If a Job Injury Occurs (valid date 12/2012) for employers who receive industrial insurance coverage through L&I; or Notice to Employees – Self-Insurance (valid date 12/2012) for self-insured businesses.
    • ·         Your Rights as a Worker in Washington State (valid dates 06/2013 or 12/2012).

    All of the posters include both English and Spanish language.

    L&I posters are always free and can be downloaded and printed at This link also contains information about other government posters and answers to questions about the required posters.

    Employers may receive advertisements from private vendors that sell these and other government posters; however, all three posters are always free through L&I.

  • October 02, 2015 12:45 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    As the end of the year approaches, so , too, does BNCW's annual election of association leadership for the coming year! BNCW is seeking members who have an interest in serving on the Association’s Board of Directors. Specifically, BNCW is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, and is comprised of members who are elected by the Association's membership on an annual basis.

    Each director serves a four-year term, beginning in January, subsequent to his or her election. The business and affairs of Building North Central Washington are managed under the direction of the Board of Directors. Here are a few of the more important duties our directors perform as members of BNCW’s Board:

    Board Responsibilities (in part) -

    • Approves operating and capital budgets

    • Represents the membership of the association

    • Understands issues facing the organization

    • Ensures proper use of assets

    • Establishes short- and long-range organizational goals

    • Establishes the policies governing the association

    • Approves new members

    • Fulfills fiduciary responsibility to the membership

    • Approves the long-range and strategic plan(s) of the association

    • Assures legal compliance with the bylaws of the association

    According to the BNCW bylaws, Chairman Travis Hofstetter is currently preparing appointments to the BNCW Nominating Committee, who, in turn, will be seeking nominations from the membership to serve as directors, as well as those current directors who will serve as officers in 2016. A leadership ballot will be presented to our BNCW members in the coming weeks—be watching for it and please be sure to cast your vote!

    If you have an interest in serving the Association in this important role, and would like more information, please feel free to contact either Chairman Travis Hofstetter at (509) 670-8129, or Marc Straub at (509) 293-5840. Directors meet monthly and terms are four years.

  • October 02, 2015 10:42 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Building North Central Washington is helping with a community visioning effort called "Our Valley...What's Next?" As part of this campaign, Our Valley is conducting an online survey to determine how the public views the Wenatchee Valley, its challenges and its future, and your input would be greatly appreciated. 

    Here is the survey link in English: And here it is in Spanish:

    If you'd like to have the survey sent to your phone, simply text 'OurValley' to 555-888!

    To read more about how our community is in the midst of the "America's Best Communities" contest and what's next, click on this informational link.

    Thank you for your participation!

  • September 01, 2015 3:34 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    As the wildfires continue to burn throughout NCW, our hearts and prayers go out to all of those who have been deeply impacted by the devastation these complex fires have wreaked. We share in the grief over the loss of the three firefighters killed while battling a raging wildfire near Twisp.

    The extent of the devastation is hard to imagine and the long-term recovery needs will be huge and ongoing. The toll that has been exacted upon those in Okanogan County alone is unimaginable. Once the fires are extinguished and the smoke clears, the recovery effort will be huge and the need for all of us to help will be great.

    To that end, we have had a number of inquiries about how best our individual members can help contribute to addressing the immediate needs. Thank you, so much, to all our members who have already generously contributed! In our opinion, the best way to help with immediate needs—insuring that your contribution goes directly to where you intend—is by making cash contributions by way of one of the following methods.

    • The Community Foundation of NCW is managing several Fire Relief Funds, including the Okanogan Complex Fire Relief Fund; the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund; the Sleepy Hollow Heights Fire Support Fund; and the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group Fund. We encourage you to learn more at
    • In addition, the Okanogan County Community Action Council is doing a fantastic job of responding to the emergency needs of those impacted in Okanogan County by the wildfires. You may visit their website at
    • Lastly, a fund called the NCW Animal Fire Relief has been established with the sole purpose of addressing the huge impact that these fires have had on ranchers in North Central Washington. According to the fund organizers, “The money donated to the fund will help supply what has been lost. Hay, fencing, pumps, fence chargers, water troughs.... you name it. If they lost it, we want to help. Restoring hope by allowing them to continue ranching is what we are setting out to achieve!” You can make an online contribution by visiting and entering: NCW Animal Relief.

    We want to thank BNCW member companies, Ag Supply Co., Coastal Farm & Ranch, and other BNCW members and staff for their generosity in helping BNCW send a couple of large shipments of animal feed and supplies up to Okanogan County. The need is great but the collective generosity is greater!

    Thank you!

  • August 17, 2015 5:02 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Report a death, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye

    All Employers in Washington State are required to report to the WA State Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), any work-related incident that results in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye of any employee, as follows:

    How and what to report:

    Call the WA State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health at 1-800-423-7233 or visit an L&I office to report:

    • A workplace fatality or in-patient hospitalization of any employee within eight (8) hours of the incident.
    • An amputation or loss of an eye(s) of any employee within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.
      • If the amputation or loss of an eye(s) requires in-patient hospitalization or results in a fatality, follow the eight (8) hour reporting requirement above.
    • NOTE: Employers or their agents are responsible to ensure reports are made within the timeframes above immediately after you or your agent learns of the incident.

    When reporting, you MUST provide:

    • Your contact name and phone number.
    • The name of the establishment/business.
    • The location/address of the work-related incident.
    • The date and time of the incident.
    • How many employees suffered a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, and their name(s).
    • A brief description of the work-related incident.

    Additional steps you MUST follow:

    • Employers must not move any equipment (i.e., machinery, tools, or personal protective equipment) involved in a work-related incident that results in an employee fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, until a representative of the Department of Labor & Industries investigates. 
    • You can move equipment, if necessary, to:
      • Remove any victims.
      • Prevent further incidents and injuries.

    More information on fatalities and hospitalizations.

  • August 04, 2015 9:46 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – Aug. 4, 2015 – Businesses with outstanding taxes will face heftier penalties as a result of recently approved legislation (Senate Bill 6183). The new law directs the Washington State Department of Revenue to increase the delinquent penalties taxpayers face when they miss their tax return due date effective Aug. 1, 2015.

    Late tax payments made before Aug.1 are being assessed at the former penalty rate.

    The new penalty rates:

    Number of days after return due date

    Delinquent penalty

    One day after the due date to the last day of the month following the due date

    9 percent (up from 5 percent)

    First day of the second month following the due date to the last day of the second month

    19 percent (up from 15 percent)

    First day of the third month and beyond

    29 percent (up from 25 percent)

    Businesses are assigned to report monthly, quarterly or annually based on their yearly business income. Each filing frequency has a specific due date to file and pay their taxes. For instance, a monthly filer must file its June return and pay the taxes by July 25 to avoid a late payment penalty.

    Revenue has more information on the changes posted in a Special Notice on its website. 

  • June 26, 2015 2:11 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    In the coming days, temperatures across the state are expected to set records and reach triple digits in some areas. That’s why the Department of Labor & Industries is urging people working outdoors to take precautions against heat-related illness, a condition that can result in serious medical problems, including disability or death.

    Roofing, highway construction and agricultural work are just a few of the jobs across Washington in which workers are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses when temperatures rise.

    Outdoor workers are encouraged to follow these five tips to beat the heat:

    • 1.    Start work well hydrated and drink as much as a cup of water every 15 minutes.
    • 2.    Watch co-workers for signs of heat-related illness, including headaches, dizziness or nausea.
    • 3.    Pace your work and take scheduled breaks in the shade.
    • 4.    Wear lightweight clothing and remove protective gear when it’s safe to do so.
    • 5.    Avoid drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal.

    Along with the direct health effects of working in extreme heat, heat-related illness can also contribute to injuries from falls, equipment operation accidents and other on-the-job incidents. This can happen when someone with heat stress becomes fatigued, dizzy, confused or disoriented on the job.

    Since 2008, Washington has had a workplace-safety rule on outdoor heat exposure.

    The rule requires employers with employees working outdoors to train workers and supervisors on the symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do if someone develops them. Employers are also required to provide plenty of water for workers, respond appropriately to any employee with symptoms of illness, and include heat-related-illness hazards in the company’s accident prevention program.

    Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most serious types of health-related illness. Heat stroke happens when the body’s system to control temperature fails and body temperature rises to critical levels — 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Symptoms can include confusion, slurred speech, loss of consciousness and seizures. Employers should call 9-1-1 and get the worker immediate medical attention.

    Heat exhaustion symptoms can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion and heavy sweating. Workers should be removed from the hot area, given liquids and taken to a medical facility for treatment and evaluation. 

    Remember — water, rest and shade are key for outdoor workers to avoid heat-related illness.

    While the state rule doesn’t apply to working indoors, these same tips can also help workers keep cool indoors in a hot environment.

    For more information, including tips to assist both workers and employers, visit

  • May 28, 2015 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    May 21, 2015

    Youth workplace injuries on the increase as summer job season approaches

    Teens twice as likely as adults to be hurt on the job

    NOTE: This news release has been corrected to remove “construction” from the list of allowable jobs for 16- and 17-year-olds (Paragraph 6).

    TUMWATER – More youth, age 17 and under, were injured at work in 2014 compared to the previous year. Falls were the leading cause of injuries in the food and retail industries. Still, youth work-related injuries are down significantly from the highs in the early 2000s.

    The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries released the data as part of “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” in May. It comes as the summer job season approaches and many youth are looking for work. Overall data shows teens are twice as likely to be hurt on the job as adults.

    “A youth injured on the job can face challenges at home and school,” said L&I Director Joel Sacks. “Training and good workplace safety practices are incredibly important for these young workers because on-the-job injuries can have a lifetime of consequences.”

    A total of 547 youth age 17 and under were injured in the workplace in 2014, up nearly 14.7 percent over the previous year. Of the total, 173 were in the food and hospitality industries. The next largest total, 80, was reported each in the retail trades and agriculture. It’s possible that the increase may be in part due to the improving job market.

    “We want to ensure that employers have youth performing safe and appropriate work,” Sacks said. “I encourage parents to ask questions and make sure they know the specific duties their child is performing on the job.”

    All workers have a right to appropriate training and can refuse work assignments that are unsafe. In general, 14- and 15-year-olds may perform lighter tasks, such as office work, cashiering and stocking shelves. Work assignments for 16- and 17-year-olds can be less restrictive and can include cooking and some landscaping. The limits on hours worked varies by age.

    The 2014 figures showed 89 injuries in the agriculture and fishing industries, up 63 percent from the previous year. Falls to the floor increased 77 percent, to 55 cases, as the chief cause of injury. Injuries in 2003 totaled 1,135. In 2011, injuries reached a low of 425 before increasing the next three years.

    Many older teens are new to the workforce as well, and can face hazardous situations on the job. In 2014, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old died in work-related incidents. The tragic deaths involved work at a logging operation and a landscaping firm.

    Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed May “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” in Washington state. More information is available at L&I began “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” more than 15 years ago to highlight child safety at work.

  • April 30, 2015 11:55 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Attention BNCW Member Contractors:

    The Chelan County PUD provided BNCW with the following heads-up notice:

    Starting May 1, Chelan County PUD will collect a 16.47 percent city tax on water fees and charges and remit it to the City of Wenatchee. Recent court decisions confirmed that the city occupation tax also applies to water system development charges, meter fees, facility modifications, line extension charges and other similar fees, in addition to domestic water services.

    Under state law and by city ordinance, the City of Wenatchee has the legal authority to impose this occupation tax on the gross income of businesses that sell or supply domestic water services within the city limits. That means that Chelan PUD is required to pay the tax on all water services and fees we charge to customers.

    If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Accounting Department at 509-661-8002.


    John Stoll

    Managing Director

    Customer Utilities

    You may click here to view the new rates sheet. 
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