Outdoor Ambient Heat Exposure (Chapters 296-62 and 296-307 WAC)Stakeholder Meeting on Rulemaking
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The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is conducting rulemaking to update the requirements for occupational heat exposure hazards from high ambient temperatures in all industries, including outdoor and indoor exposures. This rulemaking activity is related to WAC 296-62-095 through WAC 296-62-09560, General Occupational Health Standards – Outdoor Heat Exposure, and WAC 296-307-097 through WAC 296-307-09760, Agriculture Safety Standards – Outdoor Heat Exposure.
Since filing the CR-101 (Pre-proposal statement of inquiry) in August 2021 to initiate the rulemaking process, L&I has conducted extensive research and stakeholder engagement related to preventing worker injuries and fatalities associated with heat related illness.
During the upcoming virtual stakeholder meeting, L&I will provide a draft version of potential rule language. Topics for discussion include: trigger temperatures, shade, cool/potable water, rest breaks, and training.
We encourage you to attend the virtual stakeholder meeting to offer feedback, ask questions, and help continue the open dialogue between L&I and stakeholders.
Updates regarding the rulemaking process will be posted on the rulemaking stakeholder page.
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