Lead Rulemaking

Close up of flaking paint and rust. Caption reads: Old or new paint and primers used on industrial or commercial structures may contain lead. Courtesy of NIOSH


The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), would like to invite interested stakeholders to participate in a series of meetings to develop recommendations to update the current occupational lead standards and other future strategies to reduce worker lead exposures in the state.

We share a goal of providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees. Business, labor, federal, state and local government representatives have worked hard to prevent occupational exposure to lead. We would like to leverage everyone's experience to prevent further occupational lead exposure.

Workers that work directly with lead or disturb lead are at risk for exposure. Construction workers disturbing paint containing lead during renovation and remodel of structures including bridges and homes face the risk of lead exposure. Workers manufacturing lead acid batteries and soldering on electronics may be exposed to lead. Lead may build up in a worker's body over months and years, potentially causing serious long-term health problems.

In 2013, we received a request to review our lead standards. As a result of the request we established a diverse and representative stakeholder group to discuss our lead standards, and subsequently filed a preproposal (CR-101) with the Washington State Code Reviser in April 2016 to officially begin the rulemaking process. We are currently working with this stakeholder group to determine the scope of our proposed rule changes and will continue working with the group as we begin drafting proposed rule language. Meetings are open to the public and will include representatives from business, labor, and government.

Rule drafts

Upcoming meeting info

  • Following the release of the latest rule draft in April 2018, DOSH will hold a series of stakeholder meetings seeking public feedback at L&Is Tukwila office, located at 12806 Gateway Dr S Tukwila, WA 98168 on the following dates:

    Friday, May 4th 9am to noon
    Wednesday, May 9th 9am to noon
    Friday, May 25th 9am to noon

    Additional meeting in June - To Be Announced

  • DRAFT DOSH Lead Rule - April 2018 (1.33 MB PDF)

Stakeholder letters

More information and resources

Previous meeting reports

Oct. 20, 2017

Aug. 31, 2017

Aug. 9, 2017

July 18, 2017

June 29, 2017

June 10, 2016

Feb. 17, 2016

Older meetings

For additional information about meetings, contact Kevin Walder.

Get updates via email

An email list has been set up for L&I to share information about this workgroup and the meetings. Select the "Lead Safety" topic when you sign up to receive email updates.

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