WSR 02-09-088

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed April 17, 2002, 10:31 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Window washing, WAC 296-24-145.

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: The window washing rules are being rewritten for clarity and ease of use. We will also be incorporating requirements from the 2001 National Consensus Standard for window washing, ANSI IWCA 1-14.1, Window Cleaning Safety. The rule language will be clarified to make understanding and application easier for employers.

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 is rewriting the rules relating to window washing for clarity and ease of use. The new rules will be at-least-as-effective-as OSHA. 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 Steve Vik, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division/Standards Section, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-5516, fax (360) 902-5529, e-mail vikt235@lni.wa.gov.

April 17, 2002

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office