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Chapter 296-900, WAC

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Penalties (Chapter 296-900 WAC, Administrative Rules: WACs 296-900-140 through 296-900-14020)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to consider amending Chapter 296-900 WAC Administrative Rules, specifically WACs 296-900-140 through 296-900-14020 regarding penalties under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) due to legislation passed during the 2018 session (Chapter 128, Laws of 2018, Substitute House Bill 1953). The rulemaking under consideration will adopt the recent amendment to RCW 49.17.180, which sets up an annual adjustment system retaining the current penalty maximums for all violations and the minimum for willful violations in statute unless required to be higher by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act requiring several federal agencies, including OSHA, adjust their maximum and minimum penalties for inflation on an annual basis. OSHA is required to publish the annual penalty adjustments in rule no later than January 15th of each year and the adjustments are effective upon publication of the rules. States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHAs. Therefore, it will not require the department to adjust the current formula used to determine actual civil penalty amounts assessed.834.


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Appealing a Citation and Notice (WAC 296-900-17005)

The purpose of this adoption is to update the appeal extension dates within WAC 296-900-17005 to coincide with 2017s House Bill (HB) 1629 (Chapter 13, Laws of 2017). Additional updates made during this rulemaking, not affiliated with House Bill 1629, were housekeeping changes and eRules formatting, as well as adding the option to file appeals electronically, all of which do not introduce new requirements or cause any costs to employers. Changes being adopted as proposed in this rulemaking to be consistent with HB 1629: - In subsection (6)(b), changed the extension time period from 15 working days to up to 45 working days to be consistent with HB 1629. - In subsection (7), changed the language regarding the total reassumption time period to up to 75 working days if all parties agree to the extension of up to 45 working days. Other changes being adopted as proposed in this rulemaking include: - In subsections (2) and (4), added new language to allow for electronic submission via email to: - Changed bullets and dashes to letters and numbers where applicable. - Moved bold you must to beginning of sentence in the new numbered subsections (1) and (2) as part of eRules language reformatting. - Moved bolded phrase Employees or their designated representatives must to beginning of the new numbered subsections (3) and (4) as part of eRules language reformatting. - In the definition of Reassume Jurisdiction, added a period after the defined word and removed means that to make the definition a complete sentence. The changes were adopted 10/31/2017 and became effective on 1/1/2018.806.


Rule Changes Effective


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Comments Due


PDF: Expedited Rulemaking (CR 105)

PDF: Expedited Proposed Rule Language

DOSH Penalty Calculations (Chapter 296-900 WAC - Administrative Rules)

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is adopting language to align its penalty calculation rule with OSHAs measures for calculating penalties to ensure that DOSHs rule is at least as effective as OSHAs (requiring that the average penalty for serious violations [private sector employers only] in total and by size of the employer be within +/- 25% of the three-year national average). The adopted penalty calculation rule is intended to impart a more consistent and fair application of the penalties imposed.

Learn more about this project here. The changes were adopted 6/9/2015 and became effective on 9/1/2015.701.


Rule Changes Effective


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)


Comments Due


Public Hearing


Public Hearing


Public Hearing


Public Hearing


Public Hearing


Public Hearing


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Continuance Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

PDF: Preliminary Draft Language

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