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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO PERFORMANCE OF WORK ON HYDRANTS AND CERTAIN COMPONENTS OF FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER SYSTEMS.

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     
Chapter 146 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 88 the following section:-
     Section 88A.  (a) The sprinkler fitter’s examination and licensing requirements under sections 81 to 86, inclusive, shall not apply to individuals who are: (i) regularly  employed by a public water system or who are utility contractors approved and working for a public water system; and (ii) performing  sprinkler fitting work related to the emergency installation and repair and the testing and maintenance of hydrants and appurtenant pipes and valves that are within the jurisdiction of the public water system; provided, however, that the exemption shall only apply to work related to hydrants and appurtenant pipes and valves and shall not include work on any other component of a fire protection sprinkler system.
     (b)  Individuals who are regularly employed by a public water system or who are utility contractors approved and working for a public water system may perform sprinkler fitting work related to the installation, repair, testing and maintenance of hydrants and appurtenant pipes and valves of a multi-purpose system within the jurisdiction of the public water system; provided, however, that such work shall not include work on any other component of a fire protection sprinkler system.
     (c)  The department may promulgate rules and regulations to enforce this section.

Approved, January 5, 2017