PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Powered industrial truck (forklifts), chapters 296-24, 296-54, 296-56, 296-78, 296-155, 296-304, and 296-307 WAC.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17.]040, and [49.17.]050.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Introduce OSHA mandated operator training requirements and rewrite to update operator restraint requirements, various industry standards, charts and reorganize data for clarity and ease of use.
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 to regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Questions, suggestions or comments should be addressed to the project manager, identified below. All interested parties may also provide written comments, or 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 Jim Hughes, Project Manager, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-4504, fax (360) 902-5529.
May 4, 1999