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Electrical workers, safety standards for

Chapter 296-45, WAC

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Safety Standards for Electrical Workers (Chapter 296-45 WAC, Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution)

The rulemaking adopts amendments in Chapter 296-45 WAC, Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution. The purpose of this rulemaking is to comply with the DOSH eRules initiative, in addition to making necessary corrections to the rule that have been identified since updated on May 3, 2016. Washington is a state-plan state under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As such, Washington assumes responsibility for occupational safety and health in the state under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA). To maintain its status, Washingtons safety and health standards must be at least as effective as those standards adopted or recognized by OSHA. The eRules portion of this rulemaking provides a format consistent with all the other DOSH rules, and allows ease of access using the DOSH website. Additional amendments include: Correct an error relating to hard hats; Include a reference in the scope of this rule to chapter 296-32 WAC; Include language in the scope of this chapter identifying a WAC that applies to line clearance tree trimmers to align with and be at least as effective as OSHA; and Include language relating to doing work with voltages over 72.5 kilovolts to align with and be at least as effective as OSHA. The changes were adopted 6/18/2019 and became effective on 8/1/2019.800.


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


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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