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. WISHA contains penalties for violations that are stricter than federal penalties. Occupational safety and health in both the private and public sectors is governed by WISHA.

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Administration and enforcement. WISHA Services administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for private and public sector workplaces. UTC registers hazardous materials transporters and conducts safety audits.

Requirements

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS

TABLE 2: VIOLATIONS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION LAWS

DISCUSSION

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS
Prohibited Act Penalties
OSHA:Giving advanced notice of an inspection without the consent of DL Criminal:RCW 49.17.190:A gross misdemeanor with up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months
OSHA:Knowingly removing, displacing, damaging, or destroying any safety device or safeguard Criminal:RCW 49.17.190:A misdemeanor; up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to 90 days
OSHA:Failure to comply with an order to restrain a condition, practice, method, or means in the workplace Criminal:RCW 49.17.190:A gross misdemeanor with up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months
OSHA:Knowingly making a false statement, representation, or certification in any application, record, report, plan, or other document Criminal:RCW 49.17.190:A gross misdemeanor with up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months
OSHA:Willfully and knowingly violating a rule that causes death to an employee Criminal:RCW 49.17.190:A gross misdemeanor with up to $100,000 and/or ...

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