WSR 02-04-107

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed February 6, 2002, 9:39 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-800 WAC, Safety and health core rules; chapter 296-24 WAC, General safety and health standards; chapter 296-62 WAC, General occupational health standards; chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety standards for agriculture.

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: These rule amendments are the result of comments being made about chapter 296-800 WAC, the safety and health core rules which were adopted in May 2001. These suggestions are being proposed to help clarify the rules as they are now written. The proposed amendments may affect other chapters which is why they are listed in this preproposal.

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: Questions, suggestions or comments should be addressed to the project manager, identified below. All interested parties may provide written comments, or 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 Grace Giorgio, Department of Labor and Industries, Standards/Information, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4650, phone (360) 902-5589, fax (360) 902-5529; or Cindy Ireland, Project Manager, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-5522, fax (360) 902-5529.

February 6, 2002

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office