WSR 08-08-083

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed April 1, 2008, 11:44 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-52 WAC, Safety standards for possession, handling, and use of explosives.

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: During the legislative session of 2008, the legislature passed EHB 3381 relating to fees to implement programs that protect and improve Washington's health, safety, education, employees, and consumers. This rule making responds to this legislation by adjusting explosives related fees.

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 Beverly Clark, 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) 902-5516, fax (360) 902-5619, e-mail clah235@lni.wa.gov.

April 1, 2008

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office