Washington First Aid laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington First Aid: What you need to know

COMPARISON: STATE VS FEDERAL

Washington's workplace safety and health plan, the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act of 1973 (WISHA), has first-aid requirements that are stricter than those of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) (Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-800-150 et seq.).

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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries governs workplace safety and health in all workplaces, private and public (except federal facilities), in the state.

STATE REQUIREMENTS
FIRST AID SUPPLIES
WAC 296-800-15020

Employers must:

  • Make sure first-aid supplies are readily available.
  • Make sure first-aid supplies at the worksite are appropriate to the occupational setting and the response time of your emergency medical services.

Employers must make sure first-aid supplies are:

  • Easily accessible to all employees.
  • Stored in containers that protect them from damage, deterioration, or contamination. Containers must be clearly marked, not locked, and may be sealed.
  • Able to be moved to the location of an injured or acutely ill person.
EMERGENCY WASHING FACILITIES
WAC 296-800-15030 and WAC 296-800-15035

Employers must provide an emergency shower:

  • When there is potential for major portions of an employee’s body to contact corrosives, strong irritants, or toxic chemicals; and
  • That delivers water to cascade over the user’s entire body at a minimum rate of 20 gallons (75 liters) per minute for 15 minutes or more.

An emergency eyewash must be provided:

  • When there is potential for an employee’s eyes to be exposed to corrosives, strong irritants, or toxic chemicals;
  • That irrigates and flushes both eyes simultaneously while the user holds his or her eyes open;
  • With an on-off valve that activates in 1 second or less and remains on without ...

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