Washington Safety Plans laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington Safety Plans: What you need to know

Washington has adopted the federal requirements for written safety plans for specific activities (e.g., bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, hazard communication plan) and for specific hazardous substances in both private and public (state and local government) sector workplaces, and has adopted additional stricter rules for written safety plans for bloodborne pathogens, permit-required confined spaces, first aid, HAZWOPER, and respiratory protection. See the respective state regulatory analysis topics for more information.

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All employers with one or more employees must establish, supervise, and enforce a written accident prevention program (APP).

The Department of Labor and Industries' Department of Safety and Health (DOSH) administers and enforces the workplace safety and health rules in private and public sector workplaces.

WA Admin. Code (WAC) 296-800-14005

Employers must develop a written APP. The APP must be tailored to the needs of each particular workplace or operation and to the types of hazards involved. The APP refers to the employer’s written plan to prevent accidents, illnesses, and injuries on the job.

The APP must include:

  • A safety committee
  • A safety orientation
  • A description of the total safety and health program
  • On-the-job orientation showing employees what they need to know to perform their initial job assignments safely
  • How and when to report on-the-job injuries
  • The location of first-aid facilities in the workplace
  • A procedure to report unsafe conditions and practices
  • The use and care of required personal protective equipment
  • What to do in an emergency, including how to exit the workplace
  • A procedure to identify hazardous gases, chemicals, or materials used on ...

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