Washington Recordkeeping - General laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington Recordkeeping - General: What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

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. The state’s rules for injury and illness recordkeeping and for the maintenance of medical records mirror federal rules. The state has adopted recordkeeping requirements for bloodborne pathogens, formaldehyde, noise reduction, respiratory protection training, safety committees, safety and health plans, and welding that are stricter than federal requirements. See TABLE 1 in this section for state-specific safety requirements.

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See TABLE 2 in this section for state-specific hazardous materials motor carrier requirements.

Washington Department of Labor and Industries (WDLI) Division of Safety and Health (DOSH) administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) registers common carriers and conducts safety audits.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) ensures compliance with hazardous materials transportation regulations as they apply to motor carriers. The UTC registers such carriers.

State Requirements
TABLE 1: SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
CITATION/ DESCRIPTION RECORDS RETENTION
Bloodborne pathogensWAC 296-823-13005 Employees who provide first aid only as a secondary duty are exempt from the hepatitis B vaccination if a record of all first-aid incidents involving blood is produced before the end of the work shift when the incident occurred. None specified
FormaldehydeWAC 296-856-20070 Document that employee exposure where formaldehyde is used cannot exceed the action level or 15-minute exposure ...

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