WSR 99-07-073



[ Filed March 17, 1999, 11:14 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-04-090.

Title of Rule: WAC 180-41-035 Evacuation of buildings in sudden emergency--Emergency exit drills.

Purpose: To do one or more of the following, as deemed appropriate: Make technical adjustments, clarify existing provisions, repeal unnecessary working [wording], repeal provisions unsupported by rule-making authority, or provide greater flexibility or discretion to persons or entities subject to the rules.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.600.200.

Summary: See Purpose above.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See Purpose above.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, (360) 753-6715.

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: WAC 180-41-035(2), provides more appropriate language by deleting ((disabled and physically handicapped)) to persons with disabilities.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Explanation of Rule above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Chautauqua Lodge, 304 14th Street North, Longbeach, WA, on May 5, 1999, at 2:00 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Carolyn Berger by April 20, 1999, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 753-6715.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by April 20, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 5, 1999.

March 16, 1999

Larry Davis

Executive Director


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 10-70, filed 10/22/70)

WAC 180-41-035
Evacuation of buildings in sudden emergency--Emergency exit drills.

Alarm for all emergency exit drills shall be by the appropriate school building administrator or his designee without advance announcement to building occupants.  Exit drills shall be held as frequently as may be necessary to assure rapid and orderly evacuation of the building in the event of an emergency.  Drills should be executed at irregular times of day or evening so as to eliminate any possible distinction between a drill and an actual emergency situation.

Plans and procedures for exit drills shall include but not be limited to the following provisions:

(1) Emergency evacuation directions shall be posted in each room of the building.

(2) Special provision shall be made for removal of ((disabled and physically handicapped)) persons with disabilities from the building.

(3) All occupants of the building--pupils, teachers and other school personnel without exception--shall, at the beginning of each school year, be given full and explicit instructions on exit drills in order that they have a clear working knowledge of exit drill directions and rules.

(4) Instruction and practice in ways to meet such emergencies as blocked exits and blocked stairways during exit drills shall be provided teachers and pupils.

Attention is directed to the Guide for Adoption of Uniform School Exit Drill prepared and published by the state fire marshal for the assistance of school administrators.

[Order 10-70, 180-41-035, filed 10/22/70.]

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