Washington Training laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington Training : 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 workplace safety and health training requirements are in some cases stricter than federal requirements, including those for hazard communication training. See the state analysis HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD and the national analysis TRAINING for more information. See the TABLE for state-specific safety training requirements.

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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.

State Requirements
TABLE: SAFETY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Topic Training Refresher Training
Emergency responseWashington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-824-30005 Specialist employee. Specialist employees are persons who have been sent to the scene to advise or assist. Employees designated as specialist employees must demonstrate competency in their specialty. Annually, except retraining is not required when employees demonstrate competencies annually and a record is kept of the demonstration methodology used.
HAZWOPERWAC 296-843-20010, WAC 296-843-20015, and WAC 296-842-20020 HAZWOPER site personnel. Site workers required to wear air-supply respirators are required to have 80 hours of training.Postemergency response personnel. Employers must provide workers who participate only in limited postemergency response cleanup operations with a minimum of 8 hours of training when certain conditions are met.  
Material handling—Rim wheelsWAC 296-864-60010 Train employees ...

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