Comparison: State vs. Federal
Washington is a “state plan” state; that is, it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program that governs occupational safety and health in both the private and public sectors. The state’s rules for injury and illness recordkeeping and for the maintenance of medical records mirror federal rules. The state has adopted recordkeeping requirements for bloodborne pathogens, formaldehyde, noise reduction, respiratory protection training, safety committees, safety and health plans, and welding that are stricter than federal requirements. See TABLE 1 in this section for state-specific safety requirements.
See TABLE 2 in this section for state-specific hazardous materials motor carrier requirements.
Washington Department of Labor and Industries (WDLI) Division of Safety and Health (DOSH) administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) registers common carriers and conducts safety audits.
Washington State Patrol (WSP) ensures compliance with hazardous materials transportation regulations as they apply to motor carriers. The UTC registers such carriers.