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Chapter 296-307, WAC

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Worker Protection Standard (Chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety Standards for Agriculture)

The purpose of this proposal is to update the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) rules in Chapter 296-307 WAC, Safety Standards for Agriculture, Part I, Pesticides. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new requirements for agricultural employers and handler employers in the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), 40 CFR Part 170. RCW 49.17.280 directs Labor & Industries (L&I) to adopt rules at least as effective as the federal EPA worker protection standard. This proposal reorganizes and aligns Chapter 296-307 WAC, Part I, Pesticides (Worker Protection Standard) with the structure in the updated EPA worker protection standard. The Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and L&I have been coordinating adoption of the standards to protect workers from pesticides. The goal is to ensure consistency between these departments in rule implementation and enforcement and to avoid conflict in interpretation and application of the rules. The departmentís WPS rules are identical to the federal WPS and the WSDA WPS, except in the following areas, which are more protective: Definition of immediate family; Cartridge change out schedule; Enclosed cab respirator; Use of most protective personal protective equipment; Eyewashes must provide 0.4 gallons or 1.5 liters per minute for 15 minutes with single point of operation; and Heat stress requirements retained.785.


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PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Rulemaking Stakeholder Information Page

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