Washington State's Repealed Ergonomics Rule

Washington voters passed an initiative on November 4, 2003 to repeal L&I’s ergonomics rule, effective December 4, 2003. The Department of Labor & Industries posted a statement here.

L&I adopted the ergonomics rule on May 26, 2000 after a 20-month rule-making process. Before drafting the proposed rule, L&I actively engaged the business and labor communities and health professionals in detailed discussions. The department hosted community meetings in October 1998 and worked with two advisory committees from February 1999 through June 1999. In January 2000, L&I held 14 public hearings in seven cities. More than 340 people testified at the hearings and 850 submitted written comments. Based on that testimony and commentary, L&I made a number of changes to the proposed rule.

Finally, on December 4th, 2003, with the passage of Initiative 841, voters elected to repeal the ergonomics rule.

For more information or to receive any of the rulemaking documents, please contact ergonomics@LNI.wa.gov.

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