WSR 09-19-122

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed September 22, 2009, 12:32 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for workers' compensation insurance.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.06.035 and 51.06.100.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: We are reviewing the rules relating to work environment, equipment, and conditions in businesses operating in risk classifications 3902, various food processing and manufacturing operations, and 4002, dairy products processing and manufacturing. With only seventeen companies now reporting in 4002, we want to consider combining these classifications.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state, local, or federal agency regulates this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and 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 and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process. Public hearings will be held after the proposal is filed.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by commenting can be submitted to Renee Brady, P.O. Box 44148, Olympia, WA 98504-4148, e-mail BRAD235@LNI.WA.GOV, phone (360) 902-477 [902-4773], fax (360) 902-4729. Information about this process is available at the web site www.lni.wa.gov/insuranceservices/employerservices.

September 22, 2009

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office