WSR 03-17-015

INTERPRETIVE AND POLICY STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed August 12, 2003, 9:35 a.m. ]

In accordance with RCW 34.05.230(12), enclosed is a list of Policy and Interpretive Statements issued by the department for July 2003.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Carmen Moore at (360) 902-4206.

POLICY AND INTERPRETIVE STATEMENTS


WISHA Services Division


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.05, "Initiating Inspections"


This WISHA regional directive provides guidance to WISHA enforcement staff initiating inspections for any reason. It supplements the policies found in the WISHA Compliance Manual and replaces all other instructions on this issue, whether formal or informal. This WRD will be reviewed not later than February 1, 2004, to determine whether it should be modified, repealed or left in place based on inspectors' experience in the field. This policy was issued July 30, 2003.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 44648, phone (360) 902-5503.


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.17 "Targeting WISHA Activities (Agriculture)

This WISHA regional directive replaces and rescinds WISHA Regional Directive 2.17 issued March 10, 2003, and will remain in effect indefinitely. It provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within agriculture that is consistent with the direction provided prior to the temporary suspension of such activities on March 10, 2003. This policy was amended July 30, 2003.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 44648, phone (360) 902-5503.


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 5.25, "First Aid Training in General Industry & Agriculture

This WISHA regional directive provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding the application of the first-aid training requirements to employers in general industry and agriculture with fewer than fifty employees. Although the background has changed to reflect current rule-making plans, the policy guidance is substantively identical to that found in the previous WRD 5.25, issued on November 13, 2002, which this policy replaces. This policy was amended July 18, 2003.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 44648, phone (360) 902-5503.


Insurance Services Division

POLICY 61.04 Processing Applications for Elective Coverage

This policy applies to state fund and self-insured workers' compensation claims. This policy does not apply to crime victims. This policy provides guidelines for staff when processing applications for elective coverage for excluded or exempted employments. The policy was updated to include the department's decision that we will accept faxed elective coverage applications, but benefits will not begin until the day after the date the fax is received. The interim policy issued in 12/02 was finalized. This policy was amended July 25, 2003.

Contact Linda Norris, Mailstop 4310, phone (360) 902-4999.


POLICY 62.12 Maritime Activities

This policy applies to state fund workers' compensation claims. This policy does not apply to self-insurance and crime victims. The policy provides guidelines for staff when determining whether maritime-related employments will be covered under state fund, industrial insurance, Title 51 RCW. This policy was updated to reflect the correct section of the policy manual. This policy was amended July 25, 2003.

Contact Linda Norris, Mailstop 4310, phone (360) 902-4999.


POLICY 63.60 Determining Policy Effective/Business Active Dates

This policy applies to state fund workers' compensation claims. This policy does not apply to self-insurance and crime victims. This policy provides guidelines for staff when determining the industrial insurance policy effective date for first-time applicants. This policy was updated for clarity. This policy was amended July 25, 2003.

Contact Linda Norris, Mailstop 4310, phone (360) 902-4999.


POLICY 64.62 Declaring Accounts Uncollectible With Balances Under $100

This policy applies to state fund workers' compensation claims. This policy does not apply to self-insurance and crime victims. This policy provides guidelines for policy managers when determining if an inactive employer account can be declared uncollectible and the balance is under $100. The policy was updated for clarity. This policy was amended July 25, 2003.

Contact Linda Norris, Mailstop 4310, phone (360) 902-4999.

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