Temporary Worker Housing (TWH) Rulemaking
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in conjunction with the Department of Health (DOH) are responding to the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by adopting a new section to Chapter 296-307 WAC, Temporary Worker Housing (TWH) to protect occupants from COVID-19 hazards in licensed temporary worker housing.
See all the rulemaking activity for TWH on our L&I Rulemaking page.
In February 2020, Governor Inslee proclaimed a State of Emergency in Washington State as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States. The virus was confirmed to spread person-to-person. Under the initial March 23, 2020 Proclamation 20-25, Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the Governor enacted various forms of social and physical distancing requirements. This was followed by Proclamation amendments adjusting the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and transitioning to a phased-in approach to re-opening Washington State, referred to as “Safe Start Washington”.
The Governor has also issued Proclamation 20-57 and 20-57.1 addressing workplace and transportation requirements for COVID-19 specific to the agriculture industry.
DOH and L&I will consider such topics as, but not limited to: (1) Air circulation and filtration; (2) Medical monitoring and isolation requirements during outbreaks; (3) Vaccinations; (4) Requirements for group shelters. Some amendments made as part of the emergency rules will be considered for permanent rulemaking.
As new information, data, and science becomes available, it is important that DOH and L&I continue to update and immediately amend existing rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These emergency rules are necessary for the preservation of public health, safety, and general welfare of occupants of temporary worker housing as we prepare for and begin the 2021 growing season.
A CR-101 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry) was filed on September 10, 2020 communicating that both agencies (L&I and DOH) intent is to undertake permanent rulemaking to address hazards from COVID-19 or other outbreaks of airborne infectious diseases.
|First Emergency Rule||May 13, 2020|
|Second Emergency Rule||September 10, 2020|
|CR-101 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry) for permanent rulemaking||September 10, 2020|
|Third Emergency Rule||January 8, 2021|
|Fourth Emergency Rule
||May 7, 2021|
|Fifth Emergency Rule||May 28, 2021|
|Sixth Emergency Rule||September 24, 2021|
No meetings are currently scheduled, please check back for updates.
Previous Meetings & Summaries
Agency Filing Documents
- May 13, 2020 CR-103E Emergency Rule Filing
- September 10, 2020 CR-103E Emergency Rule Filing
- September 10, 2020 CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry Filing
- January 8, 2021 CR-103E Emergency Rule Filing
- May 7, 2021 CR-103E Emergency Rule Filing
- May 28, 2021 CR-103E Emergency Rule Filing
- September 24, 2021 CR-103E Emergency Rule Filing
The following documents have been compiled regarding the Temporary Worker Housing emergency rules and the proposed permanent rulemaking:
For rulemaking questions, please contact:
Cynthia.Ireland@Lni.wa.gov or 360-902-5522
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