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Rules and Regulations Governing Health District Functions

Health District

RCW 70.46 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.46

RCW 70.05 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.05

Maternal Child Health

Maternity-related services (First Steps Program) WAC 388-533 -

Early learning, department of (all Early Learning Specialist Roles support this series of WAC: Childcare Nurse Consultant, ECEAP Health Specialist, and EHS Nurse Consultant and PHN Work 1st CSHCN Consultant) WAC 170 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=170

Coordinated children's services - WAC 246-710 (Children with Special Health Care Needs) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-710

Early intervention services (birth to six)- RCW 70.195 (Children with Special Health Care Needs and Maternal Child Health) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.195

Child mortality review - RCW 70.05.170 (Child Death Review) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.05.170

Oral Health

ABCD dental program WAC 388-535-1245 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=388-535-1245

WIC Women Infants and Children

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN Code of Federal rules 7 CFR Part 246   http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title07/7cfr246_main_02.tpl

WIC Farmers Market  WAC 246-780 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-780

Special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC) WAC 246-790 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-790

Communicable Disease

Immunization Program R.C.W. 28A.210.060 Through 28A.210.170 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28A.210

Medical Records R.C.W. 70.02 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.02

Control and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Disease R.C.W. 70.24 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.24

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness R.C.W. 70.26 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.26

Tuberculosis Control R.C.W. 70.28 and 70.30 – http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.28 and http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.30

Tuberculosis — prevention, treatment, and control WAC 246-170 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-170

Communicable and certain Other Diseases WAC 246-100 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-100

Notifiable Conditions WAC 246-101 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-101


Drinking Water

Federal Safe Drinking Water Act - http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs/laws/sdwa.html

Washington State Group A Water - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-290

Washington State Group B Water - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-291

Department of Ecology Well Drilling - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-160

Solid Waste

Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - 40 CFR Parts 239-299  http://www.epa.gov/wastes/laws-regs/regs-non-haz.htm

Washington State – RCW 70.95 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.95

Washington Department of Ecology

Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-351

Solid Waste Handling Standards - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-350

Biosolids Management - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-308

Benton-Franklin Health District

Benton-Franklin District Board of Health Rules and Regulations No.  6 – http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/Publications/rules/Rules%20and%20Regulations%206%20Solid%20Waste.pdf

Benton-Franklin District Board of Health Rules and Regulations No.  5 – http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/Publications/rules/Rules%20and%20Regulations%205%20Septage%20Pumpers.pdf

Department of Health - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-203

In addition Benton and Franklin Counties, and the Cities within each county have specific rules that govern the disposal of solid waste.  These rules can be located on their web pages or by contacting the jurisdiction directly.

On-Site Sewage

Washington State Board of Health –

Onsite Sewage Systems WAC 246-272A - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-272A

Large On-Site Sewage System Regulations WAC 246-272B - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-272B

On-Site Sewage System Tanks WAC 246-272C  - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-272C

On-Site Sewage System Additives WAC 246-273 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-273

Benton-Franklin Health District

Benton-Franklin District Board of Health Rules and Regulations No. 2 – On-Site Sewage Design, Installation, Operation, Maintenance and Monitoring – http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/Publications/rules/Rules%20and%20Regulations%202%20Onsite%20Sewage.pdf

Benton-Franklin Health District Standards for Construction and Design of On-Site Sewage Systems – http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/Publications/rules/On-Stie%20Sewage%20System%20Standard%20for%20Construction%20and%20Design.pdf

Animal Bites, Birds, and Public Health-Related Nuisances

Washington State Board of Health WAC 246-100 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-100

Public Nuisances of Health Concern WAC 246-203  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-203


Chemical and Physical Hazards

            Decontamination of Illegal Drug Manufacturing or Storage Sites – WAC 246-205 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-205

Dangerous Waste Regulations WAC 173-303 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-303

Model Toxics Control Act WAC 173-340 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-340

Pools and Water Recreation

Washington State Board of Health - Water Recreation Facilities – WAC 246-260 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-260

School Environmental Health & Safety

K-12 Primary and Secondary Schools (Public and Private) WAC 246-366 http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-366

K-12 Primary and Secondary Schools (Public and Private)— WAC 246-366A effective July 1, 2011



CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety



Food Safety & Foodborne Illness Prevention

Retail Food Safety Rules (restaurant, schools, temporary events, mobile food vendors, etc.) WAC 246-215 http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-215

Washington State Working Document (user-friendly version of retail food rules WAC 246-215) http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/food/rule.html

Food Worker Cards (training required for all food handlers in Washington State) WAC 246-217 http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-217

Food and Drug Administration Federal Model Food Code, with explanatory annexes (used as basis for Washington State Food Service rule) http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/FoodCode2009/


Smoking in Public Places

Smoking in public places (Chapter 70.160 RCW) http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=70.160



Accreditation of Environmental Laboratories -   http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-50

Group A Public Water Supplies - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-290

Drinking Water Certification Rules - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-390

Vital Records

Vital Statistics R.C.W. 70.58 - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.58

Emergency Preparedness and Response


RCW 70.05   (Local Health Officers and Boards) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.05


RCW 38.52   (Local Emergency Operations Centers) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=38.52


RCW 43.20   (Local Public Safety Authority) -

RCW 43.70.020   (Department of Health) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=43.70


RCW 43.70.130; 170; 180   (Secretary of Health) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=43.70.130


RCW 43.20.050   (State Board of Health) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=43.20.050


RCW 38.52; 43.06   (Authority of the Governor) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=38.52http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=43.06


WAC 246-100-036   (Disease prevention, infection control measure, including isolation, detention, and quarantine) -  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-100-036


WAC 246-100 & 10   (State Board of Health) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-100, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-10


WAC 118-04 et seq. (Emergency Worker Liability) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=118-04






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Benton Franklin Health District
7102 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick WA
(509) 460 4200
412 W Clark
Pasco WA
(509) 547-9737

If you are either a medical practitioner, first responder, or public works official and need to report an emergency that immediately endangers public health, please call 509-543-3851. Only medical practitioners, first responders, and public works officials may use this number.
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