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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 update and modify this chapter, 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, has not taken place. Since the inception of this chapter 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. There has been a significant increase in injuries including fatalities since the rules inception, particularly since cell phone technology has appeared and evolved. Therefore, this rulemaking is a very important rulemaking effort. The changes were adopted 10/2/2017 and became effective on 1/1/2018.685.


Rule Changes Effective


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

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)


Comments Due


Public Hearing


Public Hearing


Public Hearing


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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