PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-27 WAC, Recordkeeping; chapter 296-37 WAC, Diving; chapter 296-78 WAC, Sawmills; chapter 296-305 WAC, Fire fighting; chapter 296-307 WAC, Agriculture; and chapter 296-800 WAC, Core rules.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rules are being amended to rectify inconsistencies in reporting requirements for different industries, and to provide equal protection to all employees.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: These rules will be at-least-as-effective-as OSHA regulations.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kimberly Johnson, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Department of Labor and Industries, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, (360) 902-5008.
August 21, 2007