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Lead Rulemaking

Close up of flaking paint and rust. Caption reads: Old or new paint and primers used on industrial or commercial structures may contain lead. Courtesy of NIOSH

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) is currently working to improve Washingtons occupational lead standards, which havent 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. (Click on the “Meetings” tab for details.)

***NEW*** Updated Draft Rule

  • Draft DOSH Lead Rule - June 2019 (1.39 MB PDF)
  • Draft Lead Rule TOC – June 2019 (564 KB PDF)
  • Draft Lead Rule Presentation June 2019 (892 KB PDF)
  • Draft Lead Rule Key Changes – June 2019 (376 KB PDF)
  • Draft Lead Rule Map June 2019 (428 KB PDF)

  • For additional information about this rulemaking effort, contact Kevin Walder.

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    An email list has been set up for L&I to share information about this workgroup and the meetings. Select the "Lead Safety" topic when you sign up to receive email updates.

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