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Construction, Safety Standards for

Chapter 296-155, WAC

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Fall Protection (WAC Chapter 296-155)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend the Departmentís fall protection rules in Chapter 296-155 WAC in order for the rules to be at least as effective as those administered by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as required by the Washington State Plan. In June of 2013 and October of 2015 the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) received notification from OSHA relating to the Departmentís fall protection standards. Other housekeeping amendments may also be proposed in this chapter.751.

3/22/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Trolley Lines (WAC Chapter 296-155)

The Department is initiating rulemaking in response to a public petition received January 13, 2016 requesting that The Department change the requirements found in WAC 296-155-428 relating to the minimum clearance distance of vehicular or mechanical equipment when working around energized trolley lines. Historically, numerous employers performing work near energized trolley lines have had to request variances from Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOSH) to perform aspects of the work regulated under WAC 296-155-428, its subsections, and other sections within Chapter 296-155 WAC related to working near energized lines, which has resulted in a considerable administrative burden on all parties involved. As DOSH recognizes that there are industry-wide controls that are widely accepted and effective at keeping workers safe in practice, and DOSH has a number of options to address alternative protections for workers, it is the goal of the Department to work with stakeholders to determine and implement practical changes to chapter 296-155 WAC language that will minimize the administrative burden of the variance process for all parties while continuing to keep workers safe and remaining as effective as OSHA or greater.753.

3/22/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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