PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
[Filed November 19, 2019, 10:29 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-155 WAC, Safety standards for construction work, Part L - Cranes, rigging, and personnel lifting.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This proposed rule making is federally initiated. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated their standard for cranes and derricks in construction by clarifying each employer's duty to ensure the competency of crane operators through training, certification or licensing, and evaluation. OSHA also altered a provision that required different levels of certification based on the rated lifting capacity of equipment. While testing organizations are not required to issue certifications distinguished by rated capacities, they are permitted to do so, and employers may accept them or continue to rely on certifications based on crane type alone. OSHA's rule also establishes minimum requirements for determining operator competency. Finally, state-initiated amendments will also be proposed to address other areas in chapter 296-155 WAC relating to cranes that either need to be updated based on current industry practice or clarifying some of the language to maintain safety and health protections for employees.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
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 Cynthia Ireland, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone 360-902-5522, fax 360-902-5619, email cynthia.ireland@Lni.wa.gov, website www.Lni.wa.gov.
November 19, 2019