President’s Message Aug.09

August 9th, 2009 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on President’s Message Aug.09)
President's August Message A Certified Illinois Plumbing Inspector has the required knowledge, skills, and abilities that must be acquired through work experience as a journey- level plumber. A Plumbing Inspector shall have the ability to independently conduct specialized plumbing inspection that require the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. A Certified Inspector must be able to interpret the Codes which are applicable in each situation. The inspector must be able to reveal that part of the code that is not approved and identify the section of the regulations being violated, issue a written violation to the contractor and takes necessary action to ensure violations are corrected. ( e.g., testifies to the facts in court, recommends “shut down” of the project, and/or assist in securing arrest warrants, following up with the State Agency of the Department of Public Health if a non Licensed person has been tagged on the project. All contractors should ask for an Inspectors Certified Plumbing License or at least a Illinois Plumbing License before an inspection moves forward. If the Inspector does not provide you with a License then he is breaking the Illinois Licensing Law and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. You can call your local Law Enforcement and have a citation written. I am confident that all the Inspectors that are Certified are acting in a professional manor, enforcing the Codes that are for their area. We all must remember that the state code is the minimum. But if your code is not more stringent, then the state code prevails. If anyone has knowledge of anyone inspecting plumbing that is not a licensed plumber then it is up to you to you to report him or her to the Health Department.   President, Gary W. Howard

President’s Message May.09

May 27th, 2009 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on President’s Message May.09)
Dear Members of the Illinois Plumbing Inspectors Association, With Special enthusiasm, I welcome the challenge of being your new President. I am extremely proud of the Executive Board I have in place. I could not have wished for a better educated group of plumbers. Although we have come an incredibly long way, we will still have an even longer way to go. The recovery of our economy is on it’s way back from the turmoil, which has affected us all in some way. Some of the recovery will be long-term some short. But we must meet every challenge with the professional sprit that guides us all. We need to examine and understand how we will continue to live in Illinois with an ever changing administrative code. We must stay on top of our elected officials with respect to our codes and license laws. I encourage all members to keep your eyes and ears open for announcements about any changes to our codes and licensing laws. I also encourage you to keep your eyes open for announcements about how we will be proceeding and how you can participate in our association. We of course are excited about our new first time ever Executive Board. This group has a life time of experience within the plumbing field. I believe they were inspired by the commitment to a deep affection for the Association and the education of all the members. Through the efforts of all our member I hope we will continue to increase our membership. I have asked the other chapters to consider merging with the Charter Chapter. I have requested that the Presidents of all chapters encourage there membership to vote for the merger. We will welcome any and all new members, whether they are contractors, suppliers, plumbing inspectors Etc.. I look forward to working with any new members. As we begin under the new leadership I hope we all will be able to work together and stay true to our motto Protecting the Health of the Nation. No doubt new policies and procedures will be coming our way, and I thank you in advance for keeping apprised of them. Please do all you can to help us maintain and build the most respectful Association imaginable. Thank you for your dedication to the Association whether you are a new member or a senior member. In my first two months as President I have been amazed over and over again by the talent and commitment of our members. I look forward in making our Association the most educated and knowledgeable group of individuals in Illinois. I want you to know that I have the fullest confidence in and utmost admiration for the Association and it’s members. The Association is strong because of strong people who achieve excellence with pride and honor. We do have much work to do in restoring the public’s trust in the Association, but the foundation of that trust is your exemplary work I have the highest faith in this Association , its people, and our ability to move forward. And that is exactly what we must all do now-look forward to what we can and will accomplish. Thank you!   President, Gary W. Howard

News 4.10

April 10th, 2009 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on News 4.10)
I am sure that everyone realizes that fifteen to twenty percent of a homes value is tied up in plumbing. So why not make sure that the person that is inspecting, installing, planning, and designing you plumbing system is a professional. In the state of Illinois, that is why we have plumbing codes and licensing laws pertaining to Plumbing. We as Professional Plumbing Inspectors are Certified, with the backing of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Plumbing Inspectors should be the last person that a Municipality should cut from the staff, as the Plumbing Inspector is the one person that see’s that a community is safe from the potential of the introduction of pathogenic organisms into the potable water system, the releasing of toxic gases into the environment , and preventing a potentially lethal disease and epidemic. With this in mind please read SECTION 750.900 and 750.910 of the 68 Illinois Administrative Code.15 DePaul L. Rev. 276 (1965-1966) In this message, it is with a heavy heart I regret to inform all members of our Association that Three Chapters of the Illinois Plumbing Inspector Association have withdrawn from the IPIA and have formed their own Association. The Illinois Plumbing Educating Association (IPEA) is formed, with the same professional membership and desire to educate its members on the Plumbing Codes of Illinois as we are. We will work with them whenever possible in any way. The IPIA wishes them all the best. We will start to rebuild and form other Chapters to replace our lost Chapters. We have already been contacted, by some of the members that were with the Chapters wishing to start a Chapter with us. If anyone is interested in becoming a Chapter , please use the contact information on our web site. We will help you with all the paper work.   President, Gary W. Howard

IPIA Established Bylaws

April 4th, 2009 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on IPIA Established Bylaws)
Bylaws define how a nonprofit organization will be managed and how it will run. They determine which staff and board members have authority and decision-making responsibilities and how those responsibilities should be carried out. They create a framework for the organization, and aid in resolving internal disputes. They also describe the rules for calling board meetings, and how and when board members are elected. In addition to bylaws, it is advisable to have something at a lower level of formality, such as board policies. We might, for instance, adopt a Conflict of Interest Policy and set up a procedure that no one from the board, officers or there family will not profit from the association. Having these policies in place will assure funders that the chief officers and the board of the nonprofit organization understand the importance of handling donations dollars prudently and responsibly.   President, Gary W. Howard