Event Details

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

Stakeholder Meeting on Rulemaking
Thursday, March 21, 2024
10 a.m.


Meeting Details
The session will open at 9:45 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.

L&I is updating the standard to align with the following:

Substitute House Bill (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.
• Federal requirements for dedicated space for lactation found in section 7(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
• Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements for marine terminals found in 29 CFR 1917.

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 three earlier stakeholder meetings in 2022-2023. 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 updated draft language, followed by an open forum for questions and comments. L&I welcomes and encourages stakeholder participation and feedback.

Contact information:
For technical questions about this rulemaking, please contact Jim Rone, Region 8 Compliance Manager, or Chris Mercado, DOSH Maritime Safety Supervisor.

For questions about this rulemaking, please contact Cathy Coates, Administrative Regulations Analyst.

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