WSR 07-15-067

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed July 17, 2007, 8:59 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-155 WAC, Safety standards for construction work.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060, and chapter 27, Laws of 2007.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is in response to chapter 27, Laws of 2007 (ESHB 2171) requiring the department of labor and industries to have rules relating to certification of crane inspectors and cranes. The legislature intends to promote the safe condition and operation of cranes used in construction work by establishing certification requirements for construction cranes. The legislature intends that standards for safety of construction cranes and for certification of personnel operating cranes in construction work be established.

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 worker safety and health for 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 Cindy Ireland, Safety and Health Specialist, Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-5522, fax (360) 902-5619, e-mail mooc235@lni.wa.gov.

July 17, 2007

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office