Tell me how you can be certified to do septic inspections and you have no clue as to how to estimate the size of a holding tank?
5.1 Who Does the Assessment: Inspector Qualifications
One factor contributing to the effectiveness of a septic system re- inspection program is determining the number of re-inspections which a program intends to conduct per year.
In determining this capacity to conduct re-inspections, consideration should be given to such factors as:
•= The number of sufficiently-trained staff to provide timely follow-up with property owners for the anticipated number of systems which may have problems.
•= The impact a program will have on municipal building permit issuance, inspectors and local staff resources.
•= The capacity of local septic system installers to meet the demand for an increase in repairs, pump-outs and new system installations.
The phasing of inspections (e.g., beginning with high risk systems) will serve to assist in mitigating any impacts on the local industry and municipal resources in meeting the demands for their services.
Given the relationship of inspections to enforcement authority under the BCA and OBC, it would be difficult for a program to be established which is not linked directly to the local septics enforcement agent. The regulatory authority for inspectors is given in BCA s. 3(1), which provides for municipal responsibility for the enforcement of the Act and the ability to appoint inspectors if they meet the qualifications specified in the Building Code. BCA s. 3.1(2) and 32.1 also provides for the appointment of sewage system inspectors by a board of health, conservation authority or planning board, where applicable.
Whether seasonally employed or not, those people conducting inspections should be appointed building inspectors pursuant to the BCA and certified as on-site sewage inspectors. Training and certification for On-Site Sewage Inspectors is administered through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Housing Development and Buildings Branch. A course in the BCA itself, may also prove useful in understanding enforcement issues.