WSR 02-13-116

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed June 19, 2002, 8:59 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-62 WAC, General occupational health standards.

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 Department of Labor and Industries is proposing to clarify requirements relating to permit-require confined spaces. We propose to rewrite and reorganize the rule for clarity, while eliminating unnecessary requirements, outdated terminology, and incorporate requirements to be at-least-as-effective-as OSHA.

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 Carol Stevenson, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44635, Olympia, WA 98504-4635, phone (360) 902-4778, fax (360) 902-5529.

June 19, 2002

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office