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Oct. 20, 1995

Labor & Industries adopts safety rules for farmworkers, shipbuilders and other workers

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries today adopted safety and health rules governing agriculture, shipbuilding and the general safety and health standards. The rules will take effect Jan. 16, 1996.

Specifically, the agriculture-related revisions include exempting the agriculture industry from having to comply with general safety and health requirements in the areas of showers, fire protection, flammables/combustibles and walking/working surfaces. The worker protections are provided in agriculture's own industry-specific safety standard.

Other proposed rule changes result from the federal mandate that state safety and health regulations be identical or at least as effective as federal requirements.

Proposed rule changes relating to asbestos were removed from the proposal and will be returned for public hearing at a future date.

The rules adoption follows a public hearing and comment period in June. The standard is in the process of being updated and printed, and will be available prior to the Jan. 16, 1996, effective date. Individuals and companies on the current mailing list automatically receive the Results of the Public Hearing and a copy of the standard when they are printed. Anyone wishing to be included on the mailing list can contact:

Consultation and Compliance Division P.O. Box 44620 Olympia, WA 98504-4620, or by phone at 360-902-4622

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