WSR 02-13-114

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed June 19, 2002, 8:58 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-62 WAC, Occupational health standards hearing conservation, Part K and chapter 296-305 WAC, Safety standards for fire fighters. In addition, several reference changes throughout all the chapters.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040, [49.17].050, [49.17].060.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The rewrite is intended to make this rule easy to read and understand, and be able to comply with. The requirements from chapter 296-62 WAC, Occupational health standards hearing conservation, Part K, will be renumbered into chapter 296-817 WAC. There is no increase in the requirements. We have also identified several reference changes that will need to be updated with this rule making, in chapter 296-305 WAC.

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: Parties interested in the formulation of these rules for proposal may contact the individual 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 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.

June 19, 2002

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office