Washington HAZWOPER laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington HAZWOPER : What you need to know

Washington has adopted hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) rules that mirror federal rules, and additional provisions for decontamination, site evaluations, the site-specific Health and Safety Plan, site work zone access, and hazardous waste site and post-emergency response training that are stricter than federal rules (WAC 296-843-100 to 296-843-300).

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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (DLI) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules.

Related rules. The state has adopted other workplace safety rules that may apply to hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER):

  • WAC 296-800-140 Accident Prevention Program
  • WAC 296-800-210 Lighting
  • WAC 296-800-230 Drinking Water, Bathrooms, Washing Facilities, and Waste Disposal
  • WAC 296-24 Safety Standards for General Safety
  • WAC 296-833 Temporary Housing for Workers
  • WAC 296-62 General Occupational Health
  • WAC 296-155 Safety Standards for Construction Work
  • WAC 296-824 Emergency Response
  • WAC 296-841 Respiratory Hazards
  • WAC 296-842 Respirators
WAC 296-843-14005

Showers and change rooms. In addition to the state requirements that mirror federal rules, the employer must locate showers and change rooms where worker exposures are below permissible exposure limits (PELs) or other published exposure levels. If this cannot be accomplished, use a ventilation system to supply air that is below exposure levels.

When needed for worker decontamination, ensure that all workers shower at the end of their work shift or before they leave the site.

Washing facilities. The employer must provide adequate washing facilities to employees working in hazardous waste operations that are: ...

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