Powers and duties of department of health.
(1) The department of health may investigate all suspected human cases of pesticide poisoning and such cases of suspected pesticide poisoning of animals that may relate to human illness. The department shall establish time periods by rule to determine investigation response time. Time periods shall range from immediate to forty-eight hours to initiate an investigation, depending on the severity of the case or suspected case of pesticide poisoning.
In order to adequately investigate such cases, the department shall have the power to:
(a) Take all necessary samples and human or animal tissue specimens for diagnostic purposes: PROVIDED, That tissue, if taken from a living human, shall be taken from a living human only with the consent of a person legally qualified to give such consent;
(b) Secure any and all such information as may be necessary to adequately determine the nature and causes of any case of pesticide poisoning.
(2) The department shall immediately notify the department of agriculture, the department of labor and industries, and other appropriate agencies of the results of its investigation for such action as the other departments or agencies deem appropriate. The notification of such investigations and their results may include recommendations for further action by the appropriate department or agency.
[2009 c 495 § 10; 1991 c 3 § 357; 1989 c 380 § 71; 1971 ex.s. c 41 § 3.]
| Effective date -- 2009 c 495: See note following RCW 43.20.050.|
Effective date -- 1989 c 380 §§ 69, 71-73: See note following RCW 70.104.090.
Severability -- 1989 c 380: See RCW 15.58.942.