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.

State Penalties
TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS
Prohibited Act Penalties

DOSH:Giving advance notice of an inspection without the consent of the Director of L&I

Criminal: RCW 49.17.190(1): A gross misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 and/or up to 6 months' imprisonment

DOSH: Knowingly making a false statement, representation, or certification in any application, record, report, plan, or other document

Criminal: RCW 49.17.190(2): A gross misdemeanor punishable by up to $10,000 and/or up to 6 months' imprisonment

DOSH:Willfully and knowingly violating a rule that causes death to an employee

Criminal: RCW 49.17.190(3): A gross misdemeanor punishable by up to $100,000 and/or up to 6 months' imprisonment (Up to ...


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