Washington Medical Treatment laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Medical Treatment: What you need to know

There are no state laws requiring employers to have a clinic at the worksite or to keep a doctor or nurse on call to treat workplace injuries. However, the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act requires every employer to ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation and that when an infirmary, clinic, or hospital is not within close proximity to the workplace, there is a person (or persons) who is adequately trained to render first aid (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.17; WA Admin. Code Sec. 296-800-150 ).
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Washington follows the federal OSH Act requirements for medical treatment in the workplace. There is additional information and a description of the basic elements of an effective medical treatment program.
Under Washington's workers' compensation laws, employers must provide whatever treatment is necessary, including medical, surgical, nursing, and hospital services, for workers injured on the job. Workers' compensation pays the costs of treatment without limitation.
In cases of exposure to harmful chemicals, there may be substance-specific measures beyond routine first aid that are recommended to counteract the effects of exposure. These can be found on the material safety data sheets that employers are required to keep on file to satisfy federal hazard communication standards, commonly referred to as “worker right-to-know” laws.
Washington does not have a state law requiring private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers to grant employees time off for a serious illness. Washington regulations provide full-time public sector (government ...

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