Substitute House Bill 1779 as Recommended by Labor & Workplace Standards


Section 1

This section adds a new section to an existing chapter 49.17. Here is the modified chapter for context.

  1. A health care employer shall adopt policies that require the use of a smoke evacuation system during any planned surgical procedure that is likely to generate surgical smoke which would otherwise make contact with the eyes or respiratory tract of the occupants of the room.

  2. The health care employer may select any smoke evacuation system that accounts for surgical techniques and procedures vital to patient safety and that takes into account employee safety.

  3. The department shall ensure compliance with this section during any on-site inspection.

  4. The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

    1. "Energy generating device" means a tool that performs a surgical function using heat, laser, electricity, or other form of energy.

    2. "Health care employer" means a hospital, as defined in RCW 70.41.020, or an ambulatory surgical facility, as defined in RCW 70.230.010.

    3. "Smoke evacuation system" means equipment designed to capture and neutralize surgical smoke at the point of origin, before the smoke makes contact with the eyes or the respiratory tract of occupants in the room. Smoke evacuation systems may be integrated with the energy generating device or separate from the energy generating device.

    4. "Surgical smoke" means the by-product that results from contact with tissue by an energy generating device.

  5. The department may adopt rules as necessary to administer this section.

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