WSR 02-20-099

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed October 1, 2002, 4:05 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: General occupational health standards, chapter 296-62 WAC; Emergency response, chapter 296-824 WAC; Safety and health core rules, chapter 296-800 WAC; Safety standards for agriculture, chapter 296-307 WAC; Safety standards for firefighters, chapter 296-305 WAC; and Recordkeeping and reporting, chapter 296-27 WAC.

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, understand, and comply with. The requirements from chapter 296-62 WAC, General occupational health standards -- Bloodborne pathogens (WAC 296-62-08001), will be renumbered into chapter 296-823 WAC, Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. There is no increase in requirements.

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 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (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 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 Christine Swanson, Department of Labor and Industries, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-4568, fax (360) 902-5529, e-mail copc235@lni.wa.gov.

October 1, 2002

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office