PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-155 WAC, Cranes, derricks, hoists, elevators, and conveyors (Part L).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060, 49.17.400, 49.17.410, 49.17.420, 49.17.430, 49.17.440 (chapter 27, Laws of 2007).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is to address the requirements that employers must follow with regard to inspection, maintenance and operation of cranes used in the construction industry. This phase will also include updates to our current rigging and personnel lifting requirements. RCW 49.17.400 through 49.17.440 requires the department to establish by rule a crane certification program for cranes used in the construction industry and to establish requirements that must be met to be considered a qualified crane operator.
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: Negotiated rule making; and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 16, 2008