Washington Enforcement laws & safety compliance analysis
Washington Enforcement : What you need to know
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 occupational safety and health in both the private and public sectors. Washington has adopted federal OSHA’s civil penalty levels for occupational safety and health violations but has adopted criminal penalties that are stricter than their federal counterparts. See Table 1 for penalties associated with safety violations.
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• Administration and enforcement.Occupational safety and health in both the public and private sectors, including penalties, is governed by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) registers hazardous materials transporters and conducts safety audits. See Table 2 for penalties associated with hazardous materials transportation violations.