WSR 08-15-143

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed July 22, 2008, 1:55 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety standards for agriculture.

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 development of WAC 296-62-095 Outdoor heat exposure, the department received public comment from agriculture stakeholders who believed the adopted version of the rule should be included in chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety standards for agriculture. The purpose of this project is to include the adopted outdoor heat exposure rule in chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety standards for agriculture.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state or federal agencies are known to regulate exposure to workplace heat-related illness hazards in Washington state.

Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in these rules 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 Jamie Scibelli, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-4568, fax (360) 902-5619, e-mail Scij235@lni.wa.gov.

July 22, 2008

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office