Washington First Aid: What you need to know

Washington's workplace safety and health plan, the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act of 1973(WISHA), has first-aid requirements that are stricter than those of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) (WA Admin. Code Sec. 296-800-150et seq.)

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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries governs workplace safety and health in all workplaces, private and public (except federal facilities), in the state.

There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the minimum federal workplace first-aid requirements that apply to workplaces in Washington that are not duplicated in this section. Please see the national First Aid section.

All employers must ensure that their employees have access to personnel trained in first aid. Employers must make sure first-aid trained personnel are available to provide quick and effective first aid. Employers have two options:

  • Make sure employees trained in first aid are in the workplace. Employers may either have each person in charge of employees trained in first aid, or have another person trained in first aid present. Employers must also post emergency phone numbers conspicuously in the workplace.
  • Follow specific state guidelines to develop and maintain a written first aid response plan for the workplace. To this end, employers must determine how many employees need to be first-aid trained, and fit the plan to their specific workplace.

Training. Every two years, employees must be trained in first aid according to specific requirements set forth in the regulations. Employers must keep a written record of the training.

Supplies. Employers must make sure first-aid supplies are readily available and easily accessible ...

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