Month: July 2023

WWI Engaged in MAST 13 Permits Rulemaking

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is considering amending WAC 314-17-015 as necessary to allow Class 13 Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST) permit holders, in areas not restricted to minors, to open and pour beer and wine from bottles or cans, away from the table in the same manner they are permitted to do so at the table. The Washington Wine Institute is engaged in the rulemaking process after submitting a petition in November 2022 to amend 314-17-015.

Preproposal Statement of Inquiry

Withdrawal of a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry

WAC 314-17-015

In conjunction with this rulemaking, the LCB is also considering creating new rule sections in Title 314 WAC as necessary to implement SSB 5448, chapter 279, Laws of 2023. SSB 5448 currently allows wine delivery and takeout privileges.

Notice of Pre-Proposal Statement of Inquiry


CR 101 filed as WSR 23-15-116 on July 19, 2023

LCB Rulemaking Activity Page

The LCB encourages your input about this rulemaking. Please send your comments to the LCB through mail, email, or fax by August 21, 2023. Proposed rules are anticipated to be filed on or after September 12, 2023, following collaborative rule development.

By mail

Rules Coordinator

Liquor and Cannabis Board

P.O. Box 43080

Olympia, WA 98504-3080

By email

By fax


Washington State Labor and Industries Education Minute

Updated heat protections for outdoor workers go into effect July 17, 2023

Washington is one of only a few states with heat protections for outdoor workers, having first put rules in place in 2008. This week, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) filed a formal update to those rules, expanding existing requirements to keep workers safe.

“Excessive heat is a real concern when it comes to worker safety. Heat-related illness can strike quickly, and in some cases, be deadly,” said L&I Director Joel Sacks. “Our climate is changing, and these updates to our state heat rules are a major step forward in protecting workers.”

The last two summers L&I enacted temporary emergency heat rules to supplement existing worker protections. These new permanent rules take effect July 17, and the requirements will be in place year-round. 

New protections involving shade, cool-down rest periods, and monitoring workers

The rules lower the temperature at which action is required to 80°F for most outdoor work. Temperature-based action levels apply to specific portions of the rule such as drinking water and shade, and include specifics on when and how much shade must be provided.

Workers must be allowed to take preventative cool-down periods as needed to prevent overheating. Employers must follow high-heat procedures that require close observation of workers and mandatory cool-down periods of 10 minutes every two hours when the temperature reaches 90°F, and 15 minutes every hour at 100°F.

The updated permanent rules also add requirements for acclimatization and exposure to high heat. Under these requirements, which address the need to adapt to working in the heat over time, employers must closely observe all workers during heat waves and any worker who is newly assigned to working in the heat or returning from an absence of up to 14 days.

Under the rules, employers must also update their outdoor heat exposure safety programs, and train workers and supervisors on the plan and the new requirements. L&I is developing model outdoor heat exposure safety programs and training materials to help employers implement these requirements.

“Outdoor workers can suffer serious health effects from the summer heat,” said Craig Blackwood, assistant director for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. “But, with water, shade, and rest among other protections, employers and workers can prevent the worst effects of heat exposure and reduce traumatic injuries like falls. These updates will require employers to be more proactive.”

To learn more about the updated outdoor heat exposure rules and learn ways to protect workers from heat-related illness, visit L&I’s Heat Smart web page.