Washington OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 49.17.010et seq., and the core safety and health regulations at Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-800-100 to 296-800-370

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Discrimination: RCW 49.17.160

Covered employers:

Private sector employer (self-employed) defined: WAC 296-800-100 and WAC 296-800-370

Public sector employer defined: WAC 296-800-370

Accident prevention program: WAC 296-800-14005 to 296-800-14025

Regulatory Agency

Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Division of Safety and Health (DOSH)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington is a "state plan" state; that is, it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program that governs both the private (private businesses) and public (state and local governments) sector employers, and certain self-employed persons. The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) mirrors federal rules, except that the state has adopted requirements that are stricter than federal rules for bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, PELs for certain air contaminants, PPE, penalties for WISHA violations, and respiratory protection for specific air contaminants. See the state sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD and PENALTIES/LIABILITIES for more information about hazard communication requirements and penalties. For more information on the federal requirements, see the national sections OSHA and PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE LIMITS.

All employers with one or more employees must establish and implement a written accident ...

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