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  1. General. Structural tests and special inspections are required as set forth in these regulations and Part 2 of Title 24, C.C.R.
    Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with any of the provisions of Title 24, C.C.R., or evidence that any material or construction does not conform to the requirements of Title 24, C.C.R., DSA may require tests/inspections as proof of compliance to be made at no expense to DSA.
    Test/inspection methods shall be as specified by Title 24, C.C.R. and by applicable referenced standards, as listed in Chapter 35 of Part 2 of Title 24, C.C.R. If there are no recognized and accepted test/inspection methods, the responsible architect or structural engineer shall submit written alternate test/inspection procedures for review and acceptance by DSA.
    The school board shall, with the advice of the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge, select the laboratory of record, acceptable to DSA in accordance with Section 4-335.1, to conduct all required tests for the project, and special inspections which are contracted to the laboratory of record. The laboratory of record shall be directly employed by the school board and not be in the employ of any other agency or individual.
    All tests shall be made by a laboratory acceptable to DSA, as described in Section 4-335.1. Where job conditions warrant, the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge may waive certain tests with the approval of DSA. The responsible architect or structural engineer shall prepare a statement of structural tests and special inspections, obtain DSA approval and provide a copy of the approved statement of structural tests and special inspections to the laboratory of record and the project inspector prior to the start of construction.
  2. Payments. The school board shall pay for all tests/inspections, but if so specified the amount or a portion thereof may be collected from the contractor by the school board. When in the opinion of the architect or registered engineer, additional tests/inspections are required because of the manner in which the contractor executes his or her work, such tests/inspections shall be paid for by the schoolboard, but if so specified the amount paid may be collected from the contractor by the school board. Examples of such tests/inspection are: tests of material substituted for previously accepted materials, retests or re-inspections made necessary by the failure of material to comply with the requirements of the approved construction documents and specifications, and load tests necessary because certain portions of the structure have not fully met specification or plan requirements.
  3. Sampling and testing of materials. Samples or specimens of material for testing shall be taken by a qualified representative of the laboratory of record. For a minor scope of work, the project inspector may, if qualified and other duties permit, be authorized in writing by DSA to obtain, handle, prepare, protect, transport, and/or store test specimens.
    In general, samples may be selected at random; however, if there is reason to believe that specific materials may be defective, sample locations may be selected by the project inspector, responsible architect or structural engineer or DSA representative. In no case shall the contractor or vendor select the sample location or obtain specimens.
    Obtaining, handling, preparing, protecting, transporting or storing of samples and testing shall be in accordance with the standards as provided for in the approved plans, specifications and in the applicable building regulations.
    In cases where a tested sample has failed to meet the requirements of the DSA approved documents, the responsible architect or structural engineer, subject to the approval of DSA, may permit retest of the material or in-place work.
  4. Test reporting requirements.
    1. The laboratory of record shall complete detailed test reports outlining all structural material tests. Report format shall be as prescribed by DSA.
    2. Reports shall include all tests made, regardless of whether such tests indicate that the material is satisfactory or nonconforming.
    3. The reports shall clearly state that the material or materials were sampled and tested in accordance with the requirements of these regulations and the approved plans and specifications. Reports shall also clearly state whether or not the material or materials tested met the requirements of the DSA approved documents.
    4. All reports of tests performed on-site shall be submitted to the project inspector within one work day of the day the tests were performed.
    5. Within 7 calendar days of the date of any material test, the laboratory of record shall submit all such test reports to the design professional in general responsible charge, the structural engineer, the project inspector, the contractor, and the school district. DSA may request test reports as proof of compliance.
    6. Reports of material tests not conforming with the requirements of the DSA approved documents shall be forwarded immediately to DSA, the design professional in general responsible charge, the structural engineer, the project inspector, the contractor, and the school district.
  5. Verified reports by the laboratory of record. The laboratory of record shall submit a verified report to DSA, and provide a copy to the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge, the school board and the project inspector, covering all of the tests and special inspections that were required to be made by that laboratory. Such report shall be furnished within 14 days of the completion of the testing/special inspection program, whenever required by DSA, or any time that work on the project is suspended, or services of the laboratory of record are terminated. The report shall cover the tests and special inspections completed at that time.
    The verified report shall be signed, under penalty of perjury, by the California registered civil engineer charged with engineering managerial responsibility for the laboratory of record. The verified report shall state that the structural tests and special inspections required by the DSA approved documents were made. The report shall include a list of any noncompliant material or inspected work that has not been resolved by the date of the verified report. Any required tests or special inspection work that was not conducted by the laboratory of record shall be listed on the verified report, with an explanation why they were not performed.
  6. Special inspection. A special inspector shall not be less than 25 years of age, shall have had at least three years of experience in construction work or special inspection work on one or more projects similar to the project for which the inspector is applying, shall have a thorough knowledge of the building materials of his or her specialty, and shall be able to read and interpret plans and specifications.
    DSA may require evidence of the proposed special inspector's knowledge and experience by requiring proof of valid certification, as appropriate, from national, regional, or state authorities and/or by successful completion of a written and/or oral examination by the applicant before approval is granted. DSA may charge a fee to administer such examinations. DSA will maintain a list of special inspectors who have successfully completed an examination by DSA, and continued eligibility to remain on that list will be dependent on demonstrated acceptable performance of duties assigned and/or attendance at continuing education classes.
    1. Special inspectors shall be employed by the laboratory of record or contract individually and directly with the school board.
      1. Special inspectors employed by laboratory of record.
        Assignment to a project: Special inspectors employed by the laboratory of record, under the supervision of the laboratory's engineering manager, do not require DSA project specific approval.
        Supervision: Supervision of special inspectors employed by the laboratory of record shall be provided by the engineering manager, whose supervision duties shall include but are not limited to the following tasks:
        1. Providing oversight and responsible control of special inspection services and associated report documents.
        2. Verifying that special inspectors meet all employment requirements and possess the training, education, technical knowledge, experience, and/or certifications necessary to perform the duties assigned. The engineering manager shall also ensure that records of relevant certifications, qualifications, training, and experience of inspection personnel, are maintained at the laboratory facility, and made available upon request to DSA.
        3. Verifying that special inspectors conduct the required field-related services in strict accordance with DSA approved documents and applicable standards.
        4. Monitoring special inspection activities to assure that the qualified special inspector is performing his or her duties as required.
        5. Verifying that special inspectors properly document their activities, and that reports and logs are prepared and distributed in accordance with these regulations.
      2. Special inspectors who contract individually and directly with the school board.
        Approval for a project: The school board, or architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge shall secure DSA approval for special inspectors as required prior to commencement of work for which special inspection is required.
        Supervision: The duties of the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge in directing the special inspector shall include but are not limited to the following tasks:
        1. Verifying that special inspectors possess the training, education and/or certifications necessary to perform the duties assigned.
        2. Verifying that special inspectors conduct the required special inspection services in strict accordance with DSA approved documents and applicable standards.
        3. Monitoring special inspection activities to assure that the qualified special inspector is performing his or her duties as required.
        4. Verifying that special inspectors properly document their activities, and that reports and logs are prepared and distributed in accordance with these regulations.
        5. Verifying that all special inspectors working under the direction of the design professional have filed verified reports as prescribed by Section 4-336(c), and that all code-required special inspections were completed.
    2. The acceptance or approval of special inspectors may be withdrawn by DSA if the special inspector fails to comply with any part of these regulations or the applicable inspection-related referenced standards on the approved plans and specification.
    3. The duties of the special inspector shall include but are not limited to the following:
      1. Review and comprehend all applicable DSA approved construction documents, shop drawings, requirements of applicable code and code referenced standards.
      2. Perform the inspections in conformance with the requirements of the DSA approved documents, applicable code and code referenced standards.
      3. Verify whether or not the work conforms to the requirements of the DSA approved documents, applicable code and code referenced standards.
      4. The special inspector shall not accept any deviation from the DSA approved documents unless the revision has been approved by DSA.
      5. Report in writing immediately any work that the special inspector deems nonconforming, and which is not immediately corrected upon notifying the contractor. Submit the report to the project inspector, DSA, the, architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge, the structural engineer delegated responsible charge for observation of construction, the contractor and the school district.
      6. Complete and submit all required reports, as set forth in sub-section 4 below.
      7. Special inspectors who contract individually and directly with the school district shall maintain records of all special inspections on a job-by-job basis for at least six (6) years, and shall make such records available to the school district, design professional in responsible charge and DSA upon request. Such records shall include all special inspection reports, noted deficiencies and dates of resolution of such deficiencies, verified reports, photographs, and such other information as may be appropriate to establish the sufficiency of the inspection program.
    4. Inspection reporting requirements:
      1. Special inspector daily reports. Special inspectors shall prepare detailed daily inspection reports outlining the work inspected and shall forward a copy of the report to the project inspector within one day of the day the inspections were performed.
        Reports indicating materials or workmanship found to be nonconforming with the requirements of the DSA approved documents shall be forwarded immediately to the project inspector, DSA, the architect or registered ngineer in general responsible charge, the structural engineer delegated responsible charge for observation of construction, the contractor, and the school district.
        Within 7 days of the date of any special inspection, the special inspector shall submit copies of all daily reports to the school district, the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge, the structural engineer delegated responsible charge for observation of construction, the contractor, and the project inspector.
        Report format shall be as prescribed by DSA. Reports shall clearly state whether the work was inspected in accordance with the requirements of the DSA approved documents for the project. Reports shall also clearly state whether the work inspected met the requirements of the DSA approved documents. Reports shall include all special inspections made regardless of whether such inspections indicate that the work is satisfactory or nonconforming.
      2. Special inspector verified report. Each special inspector who contracts individually and directly with the school board, shall complete a verified report, as required by Section 4-336, and submit it to DSA, the architect or registered engineer in general responsible charge, the structural engineer delegated responsible charge for observation of construction, the school board, and project inspector. Such report shall be furnished within 14 days of the conclusion of work requiring special inspection, whenever required by DSA, or any time that work on the project is suspended, or services of the special inspector are terminated. The report shall cover the special inspection work completed at that time.
        The verified report shall indicate that all special inspections were made as required by the approved plans and specifications, and shall list any noncompliant work that has not been resolved by the date of the verified report. Any required special inspections that were not conducted by the special inspector shall be listed on the verified report, with an explanation.
Authority: Education Code Sections 17310 and 81142.
Reference: Education Code Sections 17309 and 81141.
  1. (OSA/SS 1/92) Regular order by the Office of the State Architect/Structural Safety Section to amend Section 4-335, Part 1, Title 24, C.C.R. Filed with the Secretary of State on December 15, 1992; effective July 1, 1993. Approved by the California Building Standards Commission on December 9, 1992.
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