Occupational Disease Presumption
Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
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The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until all oral comments are received.
L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on August 24, 2022.
Public hearings held virtually have proven effective in allowing greater public access, eliminating the burden of physical travel, and maintaining public safety. Accordingly, this public hearing will not be held in person.
The purpose of this rulemaking is to propose amending existing rules in order to implement House Bill 1913 (HB 1913) and Substitute Senate Bill 6214 (SSB 6214). SSB 6214 (2018) and HB 1913 (2019) resulted in updates to RCW 51.32.185. This rulemaking proposes to amend existing rules to align with statute and clarify presumptive occupational disease coverage for certain firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians covered under workers’ compensation. SSB 6214 allowed industrial insurance coverage under RCW 51.32.185 for posttraumatic stress disorders of law enforcement and firefighters. HB 1913 extended the presumption of occupation disease for certain firefighters supervisor, fire investigators, and law enforcement officers (definitions of these types of positions that can receive the presumption where updated by both bills).