Washington PPE (Construction) laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington PPE (Construction): What you need to know

Washington has adopted PPE requirements that mirror federal requirements and has adopted additional requirements that are stricter than federal rules for minimum clothing requirements for work, high-visibility clothing near traffic, head protection, and leg protection.

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Construction rules for respiratory protection reference the general industry rules; there are additional state requirements for respiratory protection. See the state Respiratory Protection analysis for details.

GENERAL PPE REQUIRMENTS
WAC 296-155-200 and WAC 296-155-240

Employers must ensure that employees wear at least short-sleeved shirts, long pants that fit closely to the body, and appropriate foot protection.

Goggles, gloves, respirators, and other protectors must not be interchanged among employees for use unless they have been thoroughly cleaned since the last use.

HIGH-VISIBILITY CLOTHING
WAC 296-155-200 and WAC 296-155-305

Workers working close to moving vehicles. During daylight hours, when employees’ duties are performed in close proximity to moving vehicles, employers must ensure that employees wear a high-visibility safety vest, shirt, or jacket that is fluorescent yellow-green, fluorescent orange-red, or fluorescent red in color. This garment must always be worn as an outer garment and provide 360 degrees of visibility around the employee.

During nighttime hours (more than one-half hour before sunrise or after sunset), workers must wear high-visibility garments that meet the requirements for such garments used during daylight hours and are designed according to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/ISEA 107-1999 standards.

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