WSR 02-07-103

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed March 20, 2002, 10:01 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 296-307-14520 Cholinesterase monitoring.

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: Pursuant to the Washington state supreme courts' ruling in J. Rios and J. Farias v. Washington Department of Labor and Industries, et al. The department is initiating rule making on a mandatory cholinesterase-monitoring program for agricultural pesticide handlers and applicators.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington State Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state supreme court issued a decision stating the department must review the cholinesterase-monitoring rules. Parties interested in the formulation of these rules for proposal may contact the individuals listed below. The public will have the opportunity to comment both prior to and after publication of the proposed amendments.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting 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.

March 20, 2002

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office