BIAW input needed on new hot weather rules
August 22, 2022
L&I continues its efforts to enact a new permanent rule to add extra worker safety requirements during hot weather. They invite builders and others to join a virtual stakeholder meeting to offer feedback and ask questions.
Construction and other industries currently operate under emergency hot weather and wildfire rules released on June 1. L&I says they will provide a draft of the permanent rule language prior to the virtual stakeholder meeting.
Hot weather rule meeting
When: 1 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022
Registration link: https://lni-wa-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZUF0u0hiTbKKpivDOWUDgA
Phone: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 869 5820 4409
Once you register, L&I will send you a confirmation email and calendar item with your unique personal meeting link or phone number and the password. On the day/time of the meeting, you will need to click on that link or call, enter the appropriate password and then you will be in attendance. (Note: Please check spam or junk mail for this confirmation email as it will be coming from Zoom.)
According to L&I’s “Ambient Heat Exposure Rulemaking” page, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) received a petition for rulemaking on June 28, 2021. The petitioners requested changes to L&I’s heat hazard rules to include more specific requirements to prevent heat-related illness. L&I initiated rulemaking in August 2021. Since then, L&I has conducted research and stakeholder engagement to explore ways to prevent worker injuries and fatalities associated with heat-related illness.