Event Details

Presumptive Coverage of PTSD as an Occupational Disease for Direct Care Registered Nurses (2SSB 5454 Implementation)

Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
10 a.m.


Department of Labor & Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Olympia-Tumwater, L&I Office Location

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Meeting ID: 936 165 5337

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The hearing will start at 10:00 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 October 17, 2023.


The purpose of this rulemaking is to propose amendments to WAC 296-14-300, Mental condition/mental disabilities, to add direct care registered nurses to the presumption that posttraumatic stress disorder is an occupational disease as provided by Second Substitute Senate Bill 5454 (2SSB 5454), Chapter 370, Laws of 2023. 2SSB 5454 resulted in updates to RCW 51.08.142 and added a new section to chapter 51.32 RCW. This rulemaking proposes to amend the existing rule to conform with the updated law regarding PTSD coverage under workers’ compensation. The bill provides a prima facie presumption for direct care registered nurses covered under workers’ compensation that occupational PTSD is caused by their work