Washington Farm Bureau opposes the changes proposed by Labor and Industries to the Worker Protection Standards (WPS).
WPS was updated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. Two years later,
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) adopted these changes.
This is important because state law requires both WSDA and Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)
to adopt identical versions of a worker protection standard.
L&I recently released its proposed rule that is identical to those adopted by WSDA except in these key areas where L&I made them unnecessarily more restrictive:
- Definition of farm
- Enclosed cab exemption
- Definition of immediate family
- Length of time records must be kept
- Respirator cartridge change out schedule
- Decontaminating equipment before repairing
These changes will increase costs to your farm operation.
We need your help to push back on L&I to drop these changes, because if they are approved WSDA must update its rule to match L&I.
Written comments are due by August 30, 2019!
We encourage you to draft your own comments and submit them to L&I.
Your family farm story matters.
Submit your written comments:
Address: P.O. Box 44620
Olympia, WA 98504-4620
Find Washington Farm Bureau comments here.
To read the proposed rule, click here.