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    Approval of Washington State Standards

Washington State has submitted an amendment which repeals State standard WAC 296-24-950, Electrical, to avoid conflict with a new Electrical standard (WAC 296-24-956). The State also submitted State standard amendments comparable to the Federal standard CFR 1910.1025, Occupational Exposure to Lead, as published in the Federal Register (54 FR 29274) on July 11, 1989 and (55 FR 3146) on January 30, 1990. Both amendments concern the Lead compliance schedule; the second amendment makes the State''s schedule identical to the Federal in all areas. Also submitted were amendments to the State''s Inorganic Arsenic standard which adds non-mandatory appendices which make the relevant State standards sections identical to their Federal counterparts. Amendments were also submitted to the State''s Safe Place; Management Responsibility; and First Aid Kits standards. The State''s Safe Place standard allows some workers to work where intoxicating beverages and narcotics are produced, distributed, or sold; the Federal standard does not address this issue. The State''s Management Responsibility standard now prohibits the use of unsafe tools by employees no matter who owns the equipment. The State''s First Aid Kit standard provides guidance on the contents of the kits which the Federal standard does not. The State submitted amendments comparable to amendments to the following Federal standards 29 CFR 1910.1048, Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde; 1910.1047, Ethylene Oxide; 1910.141, Sanitation;and 1910, subpart H, Hazardous Materials. Having reviewed the State submissions in comparison with Federal Standards, OSHA has determined that the State standard amendments for Lead and for Inorganic Arsenic are identical to the Federal standard amendments;OSHA therefore approves these amendments. OSHA has also determined that the amendments for Electrical Repeal; Safe Place Standard, Management Responsibility and First Aid Kits; Formaldehyde; Ethylene Oxide; Sanitation; and Chlorine Tanks are at least as effective as the comparable Federal standard amendments as required by section 18(c)(2) of the Act. OSHA has also determined that the differences between the State and Federal amendments are minimal and that the standards are thus substantially identical. OSHA thereby approves these amendments; however, the right to reconsider this approval is reserved should substantial objections be submitted to the Assistant Secretary. Decision is effective April 14, 1992.