BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

AND PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS

LETTER

May 21, 1996

Edwin C. Turner, P.E./L.S.
14422 N. 75th E.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401

Dear Mr. Turner:

I have reviewed the job descriptions which you provided to us and share your concern that the Engineering Administrator position includes duties and responsibilities that might be interpreted to include the practice of engineering as defined in Idaho Code.

You have expressed a concern that you might be asked to place your professional engineer/land surveyor stamp on documents which you are not comfortable stamping. Idaho Code 54-1215(3)(c) states, in part

"The application of the registrantís seal and signature shall constitute certification that the work thereon was done by him or under his responsible charge."

Responsible charge is defined at Idaho Code 54-1202(h) as

". . . the control and direction of the investigation, design, construction or operation of engineering work, or of land surveying work, as the case may be, requiring initiative, professional skill and independent judgement."

In its NEWS BULLETIN NO. 21 dated July 1994, the Board issued the following opinion:

YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU STAMP

It would appear that there may be some similarities between the situation that the Board addressed in that matter and the situation in which you currently find yourself.

Sincerely,

David L. Curtis, P.E.
Executive Secretary