WSR 05-05-067

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed February 15, 2005, 11:28 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-24 WAC, General safety and Health standards and chapter 296-826 WAC, Anhydrous ammonia.

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: WISHA is proposing to rewrite and clarify requirements relating to anhydrous ammonia. This rule making is part of our long-term goal to rewrite our safety and health rules. The proposal will move all anhydrous ammonia requirements from chapter 296-24 WAC, General safety and health standards, and place them into new chapter 296-826 WAC.

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: Parties interested in the formulation of these rules for proposal may contact the individual 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 Beverly Clark, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, e-mail clah235@lni.wa.gov, phone (360) 902-5516, fax (360) 902-5529.

February 15, 2005

Paul Trause

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office