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Chapter 296-32, WAC

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Chapter 296-32 WAC (Safety Standards for Telecommunications)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to update Chapter 296-32 WAC, Safety Standards for Telecommunications. Labor and Industries received a petition formally requesting the department to update and modify this chapter, which was originally created in 1975. Although there have been partial rule changes over the years (1976 through 2002), a full review of this chapter, in its entirety, had not taken place. Since inception of Chapter 296-32 WAC over 40 years ago, wireless technology in the area of telecommunications has rapidly advanced and our telecommunication rules have not kept pace with that advancement. Safety has been compromised for our communication workers, as no specific standards exist for this industry. The department held several stakeholder meetings in 2009 and 2010 with labor, business, and industry representatives and a draft rule was developed. However, on November 17, 2010 Executive Order 10-06 was issued suspending all non-critical rulemaking until 2013. At that time, the department received petitions formally requesting that rulemaking recommence. Additional stakeholder meetings started in May 2015 and throughout this process the department worked again with labor, business, and industry representatives to develop this rulemaking. In addition, references are updated throughout the chapter.685.


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PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)


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