DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
[Filed August 9, 2018, 1:14 p.m.]
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-221-010, Occupational dose limits for adults, the department of health (DOH) proposes to make a correction in word usage to align with federal regulations.
Hearing Location(s): On September 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at DOH, Town Center 2, Room 145, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501.
Date of Intended Adoption: October 1, 2018.
Submit Written Comments to: Theresa Phillips, DOH, P.O. Box 47820, Olympia, WA 98504-7820, email https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/policyreview, by September 25, 2018.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Theresa Phillips, phone 360-236-3147, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org, by September 11, 2018.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This proposal makes a correction to an error in a previous rule making. The proposed rule makes a technical correction to WAC 246-221-010 (1)(a)(ii) to remove the word "effective" and replace it with the word "deep" so it aligns with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 20.1201 (a)(1)(ii). This change enables DOH to remain compatible with United States Nuclear Regulator [Regulatory] Commission (NRC) regulations. The proposed rule makes Washington state rules consistent with NRC regulations. Under the formal state agreement between the governor and NRC, DOH (the state radiation control program) is required to remain compatible with NRC regulations.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: This rule making is required to comply with RCW 70.98.050
(4)(d) and a formal agreement signed between the state of Washington and the atomic energy commission under section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended (42 U.S.C. sec. 2021), the Energy Policy Action of 2005.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.98.050
Rule is necessary because of federal law, 56 F.R. 23396, 10 C.F.R. 20.1201 (a)(1)(ii).
Name of Proponent: DOH, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Theresa Phillips, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-3147; Implementation and Enforcement: Kristen Schwab, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-3241.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. The agency did not complete a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328
. RCW 34.05.328
(5)(b)(iii) exempts rules that adopt or incorporate by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations, Washington state law, the rule of other Washington state agencies, or national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.061
because this rule making is being adopted solely to conform and/or comply with federal statute or regulations. Citation of the specific federal statute or regulation and description of the consequences to the state if the rule is not adopted: A small business economic impact statement (SBEIS) was not prepared. Under RCW 19.85.025
(4)(c), an SBEIS is not required for proposed rules that adopt or incorporate by reference, without material change, federal statutes or regulations, Washington state law, the rules of other Washington state agencies, or national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards.
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025
(3) as the rules are adopting or incorporating by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations, Washington state statutes, rules of other Washington state agencies, shoreline master programs other than those programs governing shorelines of statewide significance, or, as referenced by Washington state law, national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards, if the material adopted or incorporated regulates the same subject matter and conduct as the adopting or incorporating rule; and rules only correct typographical errors, make address or name changes, or clarify language of a rule without changing its effect.
Explanation of exemptions: The agency did not complete a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328
. RCW 34.05.328
(5)(b)(iii) exempts rules that adopt or incorporate by reference, without material change, federal statutes or regulations, Washington state law, the rule[s] of other Washington state agencies, or national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards.
August 2, 2018
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 14-01-077, filed 12/16/13, effective 1/16/14)
WAC 246-221-010Occupational dose limits for adults.
(1) The licensee or registrant shall control the occupational dose to individual adults, except for planned special exposures pursuant to WAC 246-221-030, to the following dose limits:
(a) An annual limit, which is the more limiting of:
(i) The total effective dose equivalent being equal to 0.05 Sv (5 rem); or
(ii) The sum of the ((effective))deep dose equivalent and the committed dose equivalent to any individual organ or tissue other than the lens of the eye being equal to 0.50 Sv (50 rem).
(b) The annual limits to the lens of the eye, to the skin of the whole body, and to the skin of the extremities which are:
(i) A lens dose equivalent of 0.15 Sv (15 rem); and
(ii) A shallow dose equivalent of 0.50 Sv (50 rem) to the skin of the whole body or to the skin of any extremity.
(2) Doses received in excess of the annual limits, including doses received during accidents, emergencies, and planned special exposures, must be subtracted from the limits specified in WAC 246-221-030 for planned special exposures that the individual may receive during the current year and during the individual's lifetime.
(3) When the external exposure is determined by measurement with an external personal monitoring device, the deep-dose equivalent must be used in place of the effective dose equivalent, unless the effective dose equivalent is determined by a dosimetry method approved by the NRC or the department. The assigned deep-dose equivalent must be for the part of the body receiving the highest exposure. The assigned shallow dose equivalent shall be the dose averaged over the contiguous ten square centimeters of skin receiving the highest exposure. The deep dose equivalent, lens dose equivalent, and shallow dose equivalent may be assessed from surveys or other radiation measurements for the purpose of demonstrating compliance with the occupational dose limits, if the individual monitoring device was not in the region of highest potential exposure, or the results of the individual monitoring are unavailable.
(4) Derived air concentration (DAC) and annual limit on intake (ALI) values are specified in WAC 246-221-290 and may be used to determine the individual's dose and to demonstrate compliance with the occupational dose limits.
(5) Notwithstanding the annual dose limits, the licensee shall limit the soluble uranium intake by an individual to 10 milligrams in a week in consideration of chemical toxicity.
(6) The licensee or registrant shall reduce the dose that an individual may be allowed to receive in the current year by the amount of occupational dose received while employed by any other person during the current year as determined in accordance with WAC 246-221-020.