WSR 01-14-012

INTERPRETIVE AND POLICY STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed June 22, 2001, 2:14 p.m. ]

In accordance with RCW 34.05.230(12), following is a list of Policy and Interpretive Statements issued by the department for April and May 2001. If you have questions or need additional information, please call (360) 902-4216.


Insurance Services Division


Insurance Services Policy #64.01 "Method of Reporting Hours," is an amended policy to clarify the methods employers may use in reporting worker hours on a quarterly basis for the purpose of industrial insurance benefits. This policy was updated to clarify that there are two methods that can be used to report worker hours. This policy was issued on May 4, 2001.

Contact Linda Norris, Mailstop 4310, phone (360) 902-4999.

Doug Connell

Assistant Director

WISHA Services Division


WISHA Interpretative Memorandum (WIIM) #97-7-H, "Definition of Agriculture for WISHA Purposes," is repealed. This policy provided guidance to WISHA staff in the appropriate application of the standards in light of changes to the definition of agricultural activities made during the 1997 legislative session. The policy is no longer necessary since its substance was incorporated into the agricultural standard, chapter 296-307 WAC. This policy was repealed on January 5, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 44648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-B, "Coordinating WISHA Enforcement and Consultation," provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding programmed inspections and targeted consultations. This policy was repealed on March 23, 1999.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-A, "Targeting WISHA Activities (General)," provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding programmed inspections and targeted consultations. This policy was repealed on March 23, 1999.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.10, "Targeting WISHA Activities (General)," provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding programmed inspections and targeted consultations and will remain in effect indefinitely. It replaces and rescinds WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum, #98-6-A. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 4.10, "Citing & Referencing the Core Rules," provides guidance to WISHA consultation and compliance staff in relation to the new safety and health core rules, chapter 296-800 WAC. It replaces all previous guidance whether formal or informal, and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 25, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 33.10, "Waterless Handwashing During Cold Weather," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff whenever they must assess a situation where waterless systems are used in lieu of handwashing facilities as defined by the field sanitation standard and replaces any previous formal or informal guidance. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 29.60, "Fixed Ladder Grab Bars," applies to all WISHA enforcement and consultation activities involving ladder grab bars. It replaces any previous guidance on this subject, whether formal or informal, and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 20.75, "Tree & Shrub Trimming, Pruning, Removal, Etc.," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff evaluating possible violations relating to tree and shrub trimming, pruning, bracing, removal and surgery when no industry-specific standard applies. It replaces all previous guidance on this subject, whether formal or informal, and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 20.55, "Log Sorting Yards & Marine Terminals or Sawmills," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff when evaluating dry land log yards, wherever they are located. It replaces all previous guidance on this subject, whether formal or informal and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.20, "Targeting WISHA Activities (Local Emphasis Programs)," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff regarding development and approval of local emphasis programs. It replaces and rescinds WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-I and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.19, "Targeting WISHA Activities (Electrical Utilities & Communication)," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within electrical utilities and communication. It replaces and rescinds WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-H and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.18, "Targeting WISHA Activities (Maritime Activities)," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within the maritime industries. It replaces and rescinds WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-G and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.17, "Targeting WISHA Activities (Seasonal Agriculture)," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within seasonal agriculture. It replaces and rescinds WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-F and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.16, "Targeting WISHA Activities (Logging)," provides guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within logging. It replaces and rescinds WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-E and will remain in effect indefinitely. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-E, "Programmed WISHA Activities in Logging," provides guidance to WISHA compliance and consultation staff regarding programmed activities in logging. This policy was repealed on March 23, 1999.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 2.12, "Coordinating WISHA Enforcement & Consultation," provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding the coordination of programmed inspections and targeted consultation and will remain in effect indefinitely. It replaces and rescinds WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum, #98-6-B. This policy was issued on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-I, "Local Emphasis Programs," provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding local emphasis programs. This policy was repealed on March 23, 1999.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-H, "Programmed WISHA Activities in Electrical Utilities & Communication," provides guidance to WISHA compliance and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within electrical utilities and communication. This policy was repealed on March 23, 1999.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-G, "Programmed WISHA Activities in Maritime," provides guidance to WISHA compliance and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within maritime, and will remain in effect until replaced. This policy was repealed on March 23, 1999.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Operations Memorandum #98-6-F, "Programmed WISHA Activities in Seasonal Agriculture," provides guidance to WISHA compliance and consultation staff regarding programmed activities within seasonal agriculture. This policy was repealed on March 23, 1999.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Interpretative Memo (WIIM) #97-2-H, "Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde," which reinstated WISHA Regional Directive (WRD) 91-4 after it was omitted from a list of WRDs in effect on February 28, 1997, has been rescinded. The WIIM is no longer necessary. This policy was repealed on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director


WISHA Interim Interpretative Memo (WIIM) #98-1-N, "Carbon Monoxide and Air Compressors," which provided direction to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff regarding the appropriate application of WAC 296-62-07111(2) (carbon monoxide and air compressors) has been rescinded. The issue has been addressed by changes to the respiratory protection standard. This policy was repealed on May 2, 2001.

Contact Marcia Benn, Mailstop 4648, phone (360) 902-5503.

Michael Silverstein

Assistant Director

Specialty Compliance Services Division


#01-02 - Electrical Evaluation/Certification -- Product Safety

This is a new policy intended to fulfill the department's objective to ensure consumer and worker protection from unsafe electrical installations and equipment by outlying the process for dealing with electrical equipment that is declared unsafe by the department. This policy was issued on April 26, 2001.

Contact Angie Wharton, Mailstop 4460, phone (360) 902-5259.

Patrick Woods

Assistant Director


#01-03 - HVAC/R-Installation of Equipment

This is a new policy that clarifies the intent of WAC 296-46A-092 (4)(b) and (f) and 296-46A-930 (2)(e)(ii) in regards to the installation of line voltage HVAC/R systems and equipment. This policy was issued on April 26, 2001.

Contact Angie Wharton, Mailstop 4460, phone (360) 902-5259.

Patrick Woods

Assistant Director


#01-04 Electrical Administrator Requirements

This is a new policy intended to clarify the department's expectations of electrical administrators by defining the examination and renewal procedures for electrical administrators. This policy was issued on April 26, 2001.

Contact Angie Wharton, Mailstop 4460, phone (360) 902-5259.

Patrick Woods

Assistant Director

Christine Swanson

Legislative and Governmental

Affairs Office

Washington State Code Reviser's Office