PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-62 WAC, General occupational health standards; chapter 296-841 WAC, Respiratory hazards; and WAC 296-24-67509 Dust hazards from abrasive blasting.
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 department is proposing to rewrite and clarify requirements relating to benzene. The department is amending the rule in chapter 296-62 WAC to only apply to agriculture and proposing benzene as a new chapter. This rule making is part of our goal to rewrite all of WISHA's general occupational safety and health rules for clarity. The department may also incorporate federal changes and departmental interpretative policies and eliminate unnecessary requirements and outdated terminology. References will also be updated through other WISHA rules.
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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), are known that regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department must adopt rules identical to or at-least-as-effective-as OSHA rules as required by the OSHA/WISHA state plan agreement. 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 Jamie Scibelli, Administrative Regulations Analyst, WISHA Services Division, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620, phone (360) 902-4568, fax (360) 902-5529, e-mail Scij235@lni.wa.gov.
March 23, 2004