Event Details

Safety Standards for Firefighters

Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
10 a.m.


To join on your computer or mobile app (Zoom):
Password (if prompted): Fire@930

To join by phone (audio only):
253-205-0468 or 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 861 9842 8444
Password: 47522467

A pre-hearing overview will occur 30 minutes prior to the start of the hearing at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until all oral comments are received.

L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2024.


The purpose of this rulemaking is to update chapter 296-305 WAC. Labor & Industries received a petition requesting L&I engage in rulemaking to update the language in WAC 296-305-03002, Hazardous materials. There have been many technological advances in the years since this WAC code was written, including in personal protective equipment (PPE) materials, certification and testing. The adopted rule updates the required standards for hazardous materials protective equipment. The current rule requires compliance with the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for hazard material protective equipment: NFPA 1991 (2000 edition), NFPA 1992 (2000 edition) and NFPA 1994 (2001 edition). The adopted rule updates the requirements to the NFPA 1990 (2022 edition), which is a consolidation of the currently referenced NFPA standards and the current edition. As requested in the petition, the adopted rule allows an exemption from the requirement that protective ensembles and liquid splash-protective ensembles completely cover the wearer’s respiratory protection when respiratory protection meets the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) testing. WAC 296-305-04001, Respiratory equipment protection, which has guidance for breathing air quality for firefighters was also updated. The reference to ANSI/CGA G6-1, Commodity Specification for Air, needed to be updated to fix a typo in the standard number.