The department is clarifying the definition of the term "hospitalization" to reduce confusion and bring the state's rules in line with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's interpretation of the word. There was confusion regarding the requirement that hospitalization be reported within eight hours. The new rule clarifies that an employer or an agent for the employer must report an employee's hospitalization within eight hours of the time the incident is reported to the employer or the employer's agent. Any objections to the use of the expedited rulemaking process can be submitted in writing to: Naomi Goodman, Department of Labor and Industries, P.O. Box 44001, Olympia, WA 98504. Written objections must be received by April 6. For more information, visit www.lni.wa.gov.
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March 8, 2010
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