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April 24, 2008

Seattle added for hearing on proposed rule to protect workers in hot weather

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has scheduled a sixth public hearing on a proposed rule to protect workers from heat-related illness when working outdoors in hot weather.

It will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, 800 Convention Place, Level 3 South, Room 307-308.

The hearing was added in response to requests for a Seattle-area public hearing. Other hearings will be held in Tumwater, Bellingham, Yakima, Richland and Spokane.

L&I has proposed a new workplace rule that would require employers with outdoor workers to take steps to reduce the risks of heat-related illness, a health hazard that can put workers at risk of serious medical consequences.

Written comments may be mailed to Jamie Scibelli, L&I Division of Occupational Safety and Health, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620 by 5 p.m. May 2, or faxed by that date to 360-902-5619.

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, at 360-902-5413 or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.Lni.wa.gov/News.

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