WSR 03-03-110

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed January 21, 2003, 1:14 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Scaffold requirements in the General safety and health standards, chapter 296-24 WAC; Safety standards -- Longshore, stevedore and related waterfront operations, chapter 296-56 WAC; Safety standards for ski area facilities and operations, chapter 296-59 WAC; Safety standards for pulp, paper, and paperboard mills and converters, chapter 296-79 WAC; and Safety standards for window cleaning, chapter 296-878 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 purpose of this rule making is to make this rule easy to read, understand and more usable for employers. This proposal will move all scaffold requirements from the General safety and health standards, chapter 296-24 WAC and place them into a new chapter. There will be 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 development of these rules may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by providing written comments or giving oral testimony after these rule changes are proposed 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.

January 21, 2003

Gary Moore

Director

Legislature Code Reviser 

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office