Safety Requirements for Charter Boats (Chapter 296-115 WAC)Stakeholder Meeting on Rulemaking
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**This meeting could end earlier than the scheduled time depending on the amount of feedback offered by participants.**
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) initiated this rulemaking to better align chapter 296-115 WAC, Safety requirements for charter boats, with chapter 88.04 RCW, the Charter Boat Safety Act; chapter 49.17 RCW, the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act; and U.S. Coast Guard requirements under 46 CFR. The draft language includes an increase in the annual certification fee. The fee for annual certification has not increased in more than thirty years (WSR 89-21-018). A fee increase is needed to cover operating expenses of the Charter Boat Program.
In addition, this rulemaking will address items from an audit of the Charter Boat Program.
Summary of rulemaking activity:
DOSH shared draft language with parties interested in the charter boat industry during two previous stakeholder meetings. Thank you to all who attended and provided input. The feedback received at the meetings helped us remove confusing and unnecessary language and add clarification where necessary throughout the rule.
DOSH filed a CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (WSR 22-01-197) on December 21, 2021, for chapter 296-115 WAC, Safety requirements for charter boats.
DOSH invites parties interested in the charter boat industry to attend an upcoming virtual stakeholder meeting to review the revised draft.
For technical questions about this rulemaking, please contact Jim Rone, Safety and Health Specialist, Jim.Rone@Lni.wa.gov.
For questions about this rulemaking, please contact Cathy Coates, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Cathy.Coates@Lni.wa.gov.
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