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(Effective until January 31, 2022)

PDFWAC 246-101-710

Handling of case reports and medical information.

(1) The department of labor and industries shall establish and maintain confidentiality procedures related to employee handling of all reports of cases and suspected cases, prohibiting disclosure of report information identifying an individual case or suspected cases except:
(a) To employees of the local health department, the department, or other official agencies needing to know for the purpose of administering public health laws and these regulations; and
(b) To health care providers, specific designees of health care facilities, laboratory directors, and others for the purpose of collecting additional information about a case or suspected case as required for occupational condition prevention and control.
(2) The department of labor and industries shall require and maintain signed confidentiality agreements with all employees, contractors, and others with access to identifying information related to a case or suspected case of a person diagnosed with a notifiable condition. Such agreements will be renewed at least annually and include reference to criminal and civil penalties for violation of chapter 70.02 RCW, other chapters of pertinent state law, and other administrative actions that may be taken by the department of labor and industries.
(3) The department of labor and industries may release statistical summaries and epidemiological studies based on individual case reports if no individual is identified or identifiable.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. WSR 00-23-120, § 246-101-710, filed 11/22/00, effective 12/23/00.]
(Effective January 31, 2022)

PDFWAC 246-101-710

Handling of confidential informationDepartment of labor and industries.

(1) The director of the department of labor and industries and department of labor and industries employees shall maintain the confidentiality of health care information consistent with chapter 70.02 RCW, RCW 42.56.360(2), and any other applicable confidentiality laws.
(2) The director of the department of labor and industries shall:
(a) Require all employees, contractors, and others with access to health care information, to sign confidentiality agreements;
(b) Retain signed confidentiality agreements;
(c) Reference in confidentiality agreements the administrative actions that may be taken by the department of labor and industries if the confidentiality agreement is violated; and
(d) Renew confidentiality agreements at least annually.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. WSR 21-11-040, § 246-101-710, filed 5/12/21, effective 1/31/22; WSR 00-23-120, § 246-101-710, filed 11/22/00, effective 12/23/00.]
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