WSR 99-07-014

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed March 9, 1999, 7:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: General occupational health standards, chapter 296-62 WAC, Part M.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 49.17.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To clarify the rule and incorporate federal OSHA changes and departmental interpretive policies.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state or federal agencies (other than OSHA) are known that regulate this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department must adopt rules identical to or at- least-as-effective-as OSHA rules as required by the OSHA/WISHA state plan agreement. Parties interested in the formulation of these rules for proposal may contact the individuals listed below. The public may also participate by commenting after amendments are proposed by providing written comments or giving oral testimony during the public hearing process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Ken Lewis, Project Manager, phone (360) 902-4568, fax (360) 902-5529, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620.

March 9, 1999

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office