Wildfire Smoke (Chapter 296-62 WAC)Stakeholder Meeting on Rulemaking
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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The Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is conducting rulemaking to address hazards associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke.
Wildfire Smoke Rulemaking Overview:
L&I recognizes the hazards of wildfire smoke exposure are increasing every year, and presents potential health risks to outdoor workers, including those in construction and agriculture. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases, and fine particles that can harm health. Proper protective equipment and training are essential for worker safety in regions that experience wildfire smoke.
L&I received a petition for rulemaking and is in the process of conducting permanent rulemaking to protect Washington’s outdoor workers. California adopted permanent rules for workplace safety and health rules regarding wildfire smoke. Oregon is in the process of adopting permanent rules to protect workers from the hazard of wildfire smoke.
Rule Development Process:
• DOSH filed a CR-101 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry) on October 20, 2020, and held multiple stakeholder meetings to discuss both permanent and emergency rulemaking.
• An emergency rule was in place for the 2021 wildfire smoke season.
• In preparation for the 2022 wildfire season, L&I anticipates filing another emergency rule in June 2022, while continuing to work on a permanent rule.
April 27, 2022 Meeting Specifics:
We will be reviewing the 2022 wildfire smoke draft emergency rule at the stakeholder meeting. The draft emergency rule is located on our website. Spanish and Russian versions of this draft will be available prior to the meeting. During this meeting, we will discuss the following:
• Stakeholder communication plan
• Timeline for 2022 emergency rulemaking and permanent rulemaking
• 2022 wildfire smoke emergency rule draft
• Other topics not included in the draft emergency rule that are under consideration for future discussions on the permanent rulemaking include required N95 respirator use and increasing fit-testing under voluntary use provisions.
Please visit the Wildfire Smoke stakeholder page for additional information.
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