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Chapter 296-900, WAC

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Monetary Penalties (Chapter 296-900 WAC, Administrative Rules: WACs 296-900-140 through 296-900-14020)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend Chapter 296-900 WAC Administrative Rules specifically regarding penalties under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA). This rulemaking is a result of the recent amendment to RCW 49.17.180 during the 2018 legislative session under Chapter 128, Laws of 2018 (Substitute House Bill 1953), which sets up an annual adjustment system retaining the current penalty maximums for all violations and the minimum for willful violations in statute unless required to be higher by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The changes were adopted 12/18/2018 and became effective on 1/21/2019.834.


Rule Changes Effective


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Comments Due


Public Hearing


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Appealing a Citation and Notice (WAC 296-900-17005)

The adopted rule updates the appeal extension dates within WAC 296-900-17005 to coincide with 2017s House Bill (HB) 1629 (Chapter 13, Laws of 2017). Changes adopted to be consistent with HB 1629 include: in subsection (6)(b), changed the extension time period from 15 working days to up to 45 working days; and in subsection (7), changed the language regarding the total reassumption time period to up to 75 working days if all parties agree to the extension of up to 45 working days. Additional updates not affiliated with HB 1629 included housekeeping changes and eRules formatting, as well as adding the option to file appeals electronically, all of which do not introduce new requirements or cause any costs to employers. The changes were adopted 10/31/2017 and became effective on 1/1/2018.806.


Rule Changes Effective


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Comments Due


PDF: Expedited Rulemaking (CR 105)

PDF: Expedited Proposed Rule Language

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