Lead Safety & Health Rules 

This rulemaking project covers lead rule language found in our General Occupational Health rules (Chapter 296-62 WAC), and Construction rules (Chapter 296-155 WAC). Lead rules rulemaking information


The Preproposal (CR-101) was filed in 2016 and the rulemaking project is ongoing. The most recent stakeholder draft was released in June, 2019, and work continues as we weigh stakeholder feedback.

Learn more about our rulemaking process and terminology.


The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) is currently working to improve Washington’s occupational lead standards, which haven’t been significantly updated in over 40 years.

Since existing standards were first adopted in the 1970s, scientific understanding of the health risks associated with lead exposure has evolved considerably. We now know that much lower levels of lead in the body than previously thought have the potential for significant harm. Lead, however, remains an integral material for a variety of industrial applications, making the need for updated standards imperative.

We have coordinated extensively with stakeholders representing a wide variety of interests throughout the state and beyond since officially beginning rulemaking in 2016, and in June 2019 we released an updated draft rule.

A series of public stakeholder meetings will be held over the summer before we make preparations to file an official rule proposal (CR-102) later in the year.

Stakeholder Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

There are no meetings currently scheduled.

Previous Meetings & Summaries

Rule Drafts & Documents Stakeholder Feedback

ACOEM Position Statement

Alliance for Gun Responsibility

American Industrial Hygiene Association

Association of Local Public Health Officials

Battery Council International Letter (Nov 2016) 

Battery Council International Letter (Nov 2019)

Battery Council International Letter (Mar 2020)


Costco Wholesale Corporation's

Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health Services, UW School of Public Health

Grant Count Public Utility Districts

INND (Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders)

Pacific Northwest Section American Industrial Hygiene Association

Public Health – Seattle & King County comments on discussion draft October 2017

Public Health – Seattle & King County Recommendations, June 2016

Public Health Association

Puget Sound Energy

Rulemaking petition from Dr. David Fleming to Governor Jay Inslee

Rulemaking petition from Dr. David Fleming to L&I

Tacoma-Pierce County rulemaking comments

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

Washington Poison Center

Washington Sheriffs Association

Washington State Dept. of Health

Additional Resources

Staff Contacts:

For rulemaking questions, please contact:
Arthur.Wagner@Lni.wa.gov or 360-902-4233

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