Washington state: Department seeks to standardize 'hospitalization'
The Department of Labor and Industries is pursuing rulemaking to clarify the term "hospitalization" and to bring the department's rules in line with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's interpretation of the word.
Officials said there was confusion about the requirement to report a hospitalization within eight hours in Chapter 296-800 WAC, Safety and Health Core Rules. This rule clarifies that employers 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 an agent of the employer. The changes will go into effect July 1. For more information, visit www.lni.wa.gov/rules/AO10/05/1005CR103.pdf and www.lni.wa.gov/rules/AO10/05/1005Adoption.pdf.
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June 28, 2010
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