PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington workers' compensation insurance.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.16.035 and 51.16.100.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: We are reviewing the rules relating to the work, equipment, and conditions in businesses operating in risk classification 4601 (fireworks and explosives manufacturing), 2106 (fertilizer and agricultural chemical dealers), and 3402 (small arms manufacturing). With only seven companies now reporting in 4601, we want to consider whether to make changes in any or all of these classes.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state, local, or federal agency regulates this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and parties interested in these rules may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by commenting after amendments are proposed by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process. Public hearings will be held after the proposal is filed.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Information about this process is available at the web site www.lni.wa.gov/insuranceservices/employerservices. Comments can be submitted to Renee Brady, P.O. Box 44148, Olympia, WA 98504-4148, e-mail BRAD235@lni.wa.gov, phone (360) 902-4773, fax (360) 902-4988.
August 17, 2010