WSR 01-04-089

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed February 7, 2001, 11:28 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-62 WAC, General occupational health standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040, and [49.17].050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: On January 18, 2001, OSHA made changes to its 29 C.F.R. 1910.1030, Bloodorne [Bloodborne] Pathogens Standards. WISHA plans to adopt changes identical to those OSHA recently made.

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 that regulate this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department must adopt rules identical to or at least as effective as OSHA rules as required by the OSHA/WISHA state plant agreement. Parties interested in the formulation of these rules for proposal may contact the individuals 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 Jennie Hays, Project Manager, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-5523, e-mail raws235@lni.wa.gov, fax (360) 920-5529.

February 6, 2001

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office