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) 296-800-099 to 296-800-360

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Discrimination: RCW 49.17.160

Covered employers: RCW 49.17.020, WAC 296-800-099, and WAC 296-800-100

Accident prevention program: WAC 296-800-140

Regulatory Agency

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

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 prevention program (safety and health plan). Most employers must establish safety and health committees. Small employers must establish safety meetings.

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Governing Law and Regulations
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements
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