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Rules Under Development

Agriculture, Safety standards for

Chapter 296-307, WAC

All updates for this rule:

Worker Protection Standard (Chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety Standards for Agriculture)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to update Chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety Standards for Agriculture, in order to be at least as effective as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In November 2015 the EPA issued new requirements for agricultural employers and handler employers in the Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR Part 170. Most of the new federal regulation goes into effect January 2017, with a few requirements going into effect January 2018. EPA standards are designed to reduce the risks of illness or injury resulting from workers' and handlers' occupational exposures to pesticides used in the production of agricultural plants on farms or in nurseries, greenhouses, and forests and also from the accidental exposure of workers and other persons to such pesticides. It requires workplace practices designed to reduce or eliminate exposure to pesticides and establishes procedures for responding to exposure-related emergencies. The Department of Labor and Industries is coordinating the adoption of these rules with the Department of Agriculture.785.


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Rulemaking Stakeholder Information Page

Globally Harmonized System for Hazardous Communication (Chapters 296-307 - Safety Standards for Agriculture, 296-800 - Safety and health core rules, and 296-839 - Content and distribution of material safety data sheets [MSDSs] and label information).

DOSH is updating its rules in order to comply with an OSHA mandate and remain as effective as OSHA in light of their adoption of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling Chemicals, effective May 25, 2012 (29 CFR 1910.1200, Hazard Communication, Toxic and Hazardous Substances). OSHA has stipulated a staggered implementation period ending June 1, 2016, by which point the necessary amendments to affected DOSH rules must be adopted. The changes were adopted 6/16/2015 and became effective on 8/3/2015.727.


Rule Changes Effective


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

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


PDF: Expedited Rulemaking (CR 105)

PDF: Expedited Proposed Rule Language

Temporary Worker Housing (Chapter 296-307 WAC, Part L and Part L-1)

L&I is jointly adopting rules with the Department of Health (DOH) to rewrite and clarify existing requirements relating to temporary worker housing and cherry harvest camps. L&I and DOH have joint rules for licensing, operation and inspection of temporary worker and cherry harvest housing as required by RCW 70.114A.065 and RCW 49.17.310 to enforce these rules. L&I also consolidated the cherry harvest camp requirements in with temporary worker housing for cohesive purposes.712.


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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