LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
[Filed June 18, 1997, 4:26 p.m.]
SHB 1887, which was signed into law this year, formally authorized the
establishment of a Department of Labor and Industries' WISHA Advisory
Committee. Creation of this committee will provide a permanent forum for
WISHA program and policy discussions with labor and employer
representatives which will provide great potential and opportunity for
advancement of worker protection in Washington state. The Department of
Labor and Industries, therefore, requests nominations for committee
The statute states the director will appoint a WISHA Advisory Committee
composed of ten members: Four members representing labor, four members
representing employers, and two ex officio members (without a vote). The
bill identifies the later two members as the chairperson of the Board of
Industrial Insurance Appeals and a Department of Labor and Industries'
representative. The department representative member would act as the
selection criteria: The statute defines the four labor representative
members and four employer representative members as statewide
Labor Nomination/Selection Criteria: The statute requires:
A minimum of three labor representative nominees be considered for appointment for each labor committee member position.
Labor committee member nominations be submitted by recognized
state-wide organizations which represent the majority of
Employer Nomination/Selection Criteria: The statute requires:
a minimum of three employer representative nominees be considered for appointment for each employer committee member position.
Employer committee member nominations be submitted by
recognized state-wide organizations which represent the
majority of employers.
All nominations should include a biographical sketch, brief work history,
and a description of the individual's qualifications for appointment to
the committee. In addition, the nominating organization should include
a statement which briefly described why the organization qualifies to
submit nominations under the provisions of SHB 1887.
Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 1997.
Please submit nominations to Michael A. Silverstein, MD, Assistant
Director, Consultation and Compliance Services Division, Department of
Labor and Industries, P.O. Box 44000, Olympia, WA 98504-4000.
If you have any questions about the committee or the submittal process, please call Michael Silverstein at (360) 902-5495. The department appreciates your assistance and hopes to announce the membership of the new advisory committee by mid-September.