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(1) Chapter 296-307 WAC applies to all agricultural operations with one or more employees covered by the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), chapter 49.17 RCW.
The term "agriculture" means farming and include, but is not limited to:
(a) The cultivation and tillage of the soil;
(b) Dairying;
(c) The production, cultivation, growing, and harvesting of any agricultural or horticultural commodity;
(d) The raising of livestock, bees, fur-bearing animals, or poultry; and
(e) Any practices performed by a farmer or on a farm, incident to or in connection with such farming operations including, but not limited to, preparation for market and delivery to:
(i) Storage;
(ii) Market; or
(iii) Carriers for transportation to market. Agricultural operations include, but are not limited to, all employers in one or more of the following industries:
Cash grains not elsewhere classified, barley, peas, lentils, oats, etc.;
Sugar cane and sugar beets;
Irish potatoes - All potatoes except yams;
Field crops - Hay, hops, mint, etc.;
Vegetables and melons, all inclusive;
All berry crops;
Tree nuts;
Deciduous tree fruits;
Tree fruits or tree nuts not elsewhere classified;
Ornamental floriculture and nursery products;
Food crops grown under cover;
General farms, primarily crops;
Beef cattle feedlots;
Beef cattle except feedlots - Cattle ranches;
Sheep and goats;
General livestock except dairy and poultry;
Dairy farms;
Broiler, fryer, and roaster chickens;
Chicken eggs;
Turkeys and turkey eggs;
Poultry hatcheries;
Poultry and eggs not elsewhere classified;
Fur bearing animals and rabbits;
Animal aquaculture;
Animal specialties not elsewhere classified;
General farms, primarily livestock and animal specialties;
Soil preparation services;
Crop planting, cultivating, and protecting;
Crop harvesting, primarily by machine;
Livestock services, except veterinary;
Farm labor contractors;
Timber tracts, Christmas tree growing, tree farms;
Forest nurseries;
Forestry services - Reforestation.
The term "agriculture" does not mean a farmer's processing for sale or handling for sale a commodity or product grown or produced by a person other than the farmer or the farmer's employees.
(2) Chapter 296-24 WAC does not apply to agricultural operations.
(3) All agricultural operations are also covered by the requirements of chapter 296-62 WAC, General occupational health standards, and chapter 296-901 WAC, Globally harmonized system for hazard communication.
(4) Occasionally, employees engaged in agricultural operations may also be covered by the safety standards of other industries. Following are excerpts from four industry standards that may help you determine if these other standards also apply:
Chapter 296-54 WAC Safety standardsLogging operations
WAC 296-54-501 Scope and application.
This standard establishes safety practices, means, methods and operations for all types of logging, regardless of the end use of the wood. These types of activities include, but are not limited to, pulpwood and timber harvesting and the logging of sawlogs, veneer bolts, poles, pilings and other forest products. The requirements herein contained do not apply to log handling at sawmills, plywood mills, pulp mills or other manufacturing operations governed by their own specific safety standards.
Chapter 296-99 WAC Safety standards for grain handling facilities
WAC 296-99-015 What grain-handling operations does this chapter cover?
(1) WAC 296-99-010 through 296-99-070 apply to:
• Dry grinding operations of soycake;
• Dry grinding operations of soycake;
• Dust pelletizing plants;
• Feed mills;
• Flour mills;
• Flat storage structures;
• Grain elevators;
• Rice mills; and
• Soybean flaking operations.
(2) WAC 296-99-075, 296-99-080, and 296-99-085 apply only to grain elevators.
(3) Chapter 296-99 WAC does not apply to alfalfa storage or processing operations if they do not use grain products.
Chapter 296-78 WAC Safety standards for sawmills and woodworking operations
WAC 296-78-500 Foreword.
The chapter 296-78 WAC shall apply to and include safety requirements for all installations where the primary manufacturing of wood building products takes place. The installations may be a permanent fixed establishment or a portable operation. These operations shall include but are not limited to log and lumber handling, sawing, trimming and planing, plywood or veneer manufacturing, canting operations, waste or residual handling, operation of dry kilns, finishing, shipping, storage, yard and yard equipment, and for power tools and affiliated equipment used in connection with such operation. WAC 296-78-450 shall apply to shake and shingle manufacturing. The provisions of WAC 296-78-500 through 296-78-84011 are also applicable in shake and shingle manufacturing except in instances of conflict with the requirements of WAC 296-78-705.
Chapter 296-155 WAC Safety standards for construction work
WAC 296-155-005 Purpose and scope.
The standards included in this chapter apply throughout the state of Washington, to any and all work places subject to the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (chapter 49.17 RCW), where construction, alteration, demolition, related inspection, and/or maintenance and repair work, including painting and decorating, is performed. These standards are minimum safety requirements with which all industries must comply when engaged in the above listed types of work.
(5) If rules in this chapter conflict with rules in another chapter of Title 296 WAC, this chapter prevails.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050 and 49.17.060. WSR 21-04-128, § 296-307-006, filed 2/2/21, effective 3/8/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060, and chapter 49.17 RCW. WSR 15-13-097, § 296-307-006, filed 6/16/15, effective 8/3/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040. WSR 98-24-096, § 296-307-006, filed 12/1/98, effective 3/1/99. WSR 97-09-013, recodified as § 296-307-006, filed 4/7/97, effective 4/7/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, [49.17.]050 and [49.17.]060. WSR 96-22-048, § 296-306A-006, filed 10/31/96, effective 12/1/96.]
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