Event Details

Longshore and Waterfront Operations & Restrooms in Ports and Railyards (Chapter 296-56 WAC)

Stakeholder Meeting on Rulemaking
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
11 a.m.


Meeting Details
The session will open at 10:45 a.m. to allow participants time to test sound or request technical assistance if needed.

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The Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) is updating the requirements in chapter 296-56 WAC, Safety standards - Longshore, stevedore and waterfront related operations. The updates are being made to align the standard with Substitute House Bill 1706 (SHB 1706) (RCW 70.54.480), passed by the legislature in 2022, regarding drayage truck operators access to restrooms when operating in or on a port or rail yard property. New requirements include access to restrooms and dedicated space for lactation. L&I and the Department of Health have jurisdiction to enforce the requirements set forth in SHB 1706.

This rulemaking will also better align chapter 296-56 WAC with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements for marine terminals in 29 CFR 1917, Subpart A.

Additionally, this rulemaking will incorporate housekeeping and formatting changes.

DOSH shared draft language with interested parties in the longshore, stevedore and waterfront related operations industries during two earlier stakeholder meetings. Thank you to all who attended and provided input. To initiate the rulemaking process, a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (WSR 22-18-081) was filed on September 6, 2022.

L&I invites parties interested in longshore, stevedore and waterfront related operations to attend this virtual stakeholder meeting. During the meeting, L&I will provide an overview of the rulemaking and share the current draft language, followed by an open forum for questions and comments. L&I welcomes and encourages stakeholder participation and feedback.

Contact information:
Please contact Cathy Coates with any rulemaking or meeting questions.
Please contact Jim Rone with any technical questions about this rule.

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