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Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-24 General Safety and Health Standards Designed to protect the safety and health of employees by creating a healthy work environment by establishing requirements to control safety hazards in the workplace.
296-24 003 012 - General Safety Standards - Purpose and Scope Consolidation of all safety rules of general application for employers including organization, purpose, and definitions applicable to Chapter 24, General Safety and Health Rules
296-24 21501 Use of Mechanical Equipment and Clearance limits Allows for safe clearances when using mechanical equipment for material handling
296-24 21511 Rolling railroad cars Rules for working with rolling railroad cars
296-24 21513 Open area guarding Requirements to make sure that covers and/or guardrails are provided for open pits, tanks, vats, ditches, etc.
296-24 235 Overhead and gantry cranes Rules for overhead and gantry cranes
296-24 237 Hoists Rules for the construction, use and maintenance of chain and electric hoists; Rules for air hoists
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-24 240 Crawler locomotive and truck cranes Rules for crawler locomotive and truck cranes
296-24 245 Derricks Rules for derricks
296-24 293 A-frames Rules for A-frames used for material handling.
296-24 294 Rigging Rules for all types of rigging including slings.
296-24 295 325 - Compressed gases General requirements for handling, storage and utilization of compressed gases. Also, contains specific requirements for: Acetylene; Hydrogen; Oxygen; Nitrous oxide
296-24 330 Flammables and combustibles Requirements for safe handling, storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids.
296-24 370 Spray Finishing Rules that apply to spray finishing operations that use flammable and combustible material
296-24 475 Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) To protect employees against the hazards of storing and handling liquefied petroleum gases through design, construction, location, and installation and operation requirements.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-24 56525 Automatic sprinkler systems Requirements for automatic sprinkler systems
296-24 56527 Fire alarm signaling systems Requirements for fire alarm signaling systems
296-24 567 Employee emergency plans and fire prevention plans Requirements for employee emergency plans and fire prevention plans
296-24 592 635 - Fire suppression & detection Requirements for fire suppression equipment: Standpipe and hose systems; Automatic sprinkler systems; Fixed extinguishing systems; General; Dry chemical; Gaseous agent; Water spray and foam; Fire detection systems.
296-24 680 722 - Welding, Cutting and Brazing To protect employees from the workplace hazards of welding, cutting and brazing and welding gases.
296-24 73501 73507 - Walking and Working Surfaces Requirements for safeguarding walking and working surfaces.
296-24 73511 Steam Piping Requirements for safeguarding of steam pipes.
296-24 750 Floor & wall openings & holes, guarding Requirements for safeguarding walking & working surfaces, floor and wall openings and holes.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-24 75011 Guardrails Railing, toeboards, and cover specifications.
296-24 765 Stairs, Fixed Stairs Requirements for design, location, and safeguarding of fixed stairways.
296-24 900 Man lifts Requirements for the construction, maintenance, inspection and operation of manlifts.
296-24 920 940 - Compressed gas cylinders Requirements for determining the safe condition of compressed gas cylinders under an employers control.
296-24 956 985 - Electrical Requirements for safeguarding employees against electrical hazards in their workplace; Requirements for electric equipment and wiring in locations classified as hazardous.
296-27 Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for employers to record and report work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
296-32 Telecommunications, safety standards for. Rules for employees working with telecommunication systems
296-36 Compressed air work, Safety standards Rules for protecting workers when working with compressed air.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-37 Commercial diving operations, standards for Rules for commercial diving operations
296-45 Electrical workers, safety standards for Rule to protect workers when using electrical power generation, control, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment.
296-52 Explosives, safety standards for the possession and handling of Covers all aspects of manufacture, possession, storage, selling, purchase, transportation, and use of explosives or blasting agents.
296-54 Logging operations, Safety standards Rules for logging
296-56 Longshore, Stevedore and Waterfront Related Operations Rules for longshore, stevedore and related waterfront operations.
296-59 Ski area facilities and operations, Safety standards for Rules for ski areas
296-62 General Occupational Health Standards The rules in this chapter are designed to protect the health of employees and help to create a healthy workplace by establishing requirements to control health hazards. Requirements for chemical hazard communication programs, workplace lighting levels and exposure records are in chapter 296-800 WAC, the safety and health core rules.
296-62 005 050 - Occupational Health - General Information General information for Chapter 62
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-62 053 Trade Secrets (Agriculture Only) Requirements for employer protection of trade secrets. The requirements in WAC 296-62-05305 through 296-62-05325 apply only to agriculture. The requirements for all other industries relating to trade secrets have been moved to chapter 296-816 WAC, Protecting trade secrets.
296-62 073 07316 - Carcinogens (General) General requirements for protecting employees from contact with known carcinogens (cancer causing agents).
296-62 07329 Vinyl chloride Requirements for protecting employees from contact with vinyl chloride, a cancer-causing agent.
296-62 07336 7340 - Acrylonitrile Requirements for protecting employees from contact with acrylonitrile, a cancer-causing agent.
296-62 07342 07346 - 1, 2-Dibromo- 3-chloropropane Requirements for protecting employees from contact with 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane, a cancer-causing agent.
296-62 074 07451 - Cadmium Requirements for protecting employees from contact with Cadmium, a cancer-causing agent.
296-62 07450 07477 - Methylene Chloride Requirements for protecting employees from contact with Methylene chloride a cancer-causing agent.
296-62 07460 Butadiene Requirements for protecting employees from contact with Butadiene, a cancer-causing agent.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-62 075 7515 - Air contaminants - General (Agriculture only) Permissible exposure limits (PELs) for employees when exposed to different types of air contaminants.
296-62 07519 Thiram Specific requirements for protecting employees from occupational chemical exposure to Thiram.
296-62 07521 Lead Specific requirements for protecting employees from occupational chemical exposure to lead.
296-62 076 Methylenedianiline Specific requirements for protecting employees from occupational chemical exposure to Methylenedianiline.
296-62 077 Asbestos, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite To protect employees from occupational exposure to Asbestos, Tremolite, Anthophyllite, and Actinolite.
296-62 08003 08029 - Hexavalent Chromium Applies to occupational exposures to chromium (VI) in all forms and compounds in general industry; construction; shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring, with some exceptions
296-62 09005 Non-Ionizing Radiation Hazards Requirements to protect workers from exposure to hazardous levels of nonionizing radiation.
296-62 095 Outdoor Heat Exposure (Heat Stress) Requirements for protection of workers from outdoor heat exposure.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-62 14533 14543 - Cotton Dust Protecting employees from occupational exposure to cotton dust.
296-62 200 Coke Ovens To protect employees from occupational exposure to coke (carbonized coal) oven emissions.
296-62 500 50055 - Hazardous Drugs Provides minimum requirements for developing a hazardous drugs control program when occupational exposure to hazardous drugs is reasonably anticipated. It is designed to provide effective, assessment-based precautions to minimize or eliminate occupational exposure to hazardous drugs.
296-63 Right-to-Know fee assessment. Rules for the department to assess and collect Right-to-Know fees.
296-65 Asbestos removal and encapsulation. Rules for certification of removers & testing.
296-67 Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals, Safety standards for Rules for employers who have highly hazardous chemicals.
296-78 Sawmills and woodworking operations, Safety standards for Rules for sawmills and woodworking operations
296-79 Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills and converters, Safety standards for Rules for the pulp, paper, and paperboard mills.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-99 Grain handling facilities, Safety standards for Rules for all grain handling facilities including the waterfront dock areas at marine terminals.
296-115 Charter boats, Safety requirements for Rules for charter boats not covered by the United States Coast Guard
296-155 Construction, Safety Standards for Rules for the construction industry
296-155 245 24525 - Fall Restraint and Fall Arrest Requirements for employers to provide and enforce the use of fall protection for employees in construction, alteration, repair, maintenance (including painting and decorating), demolition workplaces, and material handling
296-301 Textile industry, Safety standards for the Rules for the textile industry
296-303 Laundry machinery and operations Safety standards for. Rules for laundries
296-304 Ship repairing, shipbuilding and shipbreaking, Safety standards for Rules for shipyards, ship building and other similar operations
296-305 Fire fighters, Safety standards for Rules for fire fighters.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-307 Agriculture, Safety standards for Safety rules for agriculture
296-360 Discrimination, pursuant to RCW 49.17.160. Rules that give direction to the department in enforcing RCW 49.17.160, ; Discrimination against employee filing complaint, instituting proceedings, or testifying prohibited -- Procedure -- Remedy.
296-800 Core Rules The basic safety and health rules needed by most employers in Washington State.
296-800 130 Safety committees/meeting Rules for your safety committee or safety meetings
296-800 140 Accident Prevention Requirements for your safety and health plan
296-800 150 First aid Rules to make sure your employees get fast and effective first aid.
296-800 15030 15040 - Emergency Washing Requirements for emergency showers, eye/face washing, hand-held drench hoses, or other similar units used in Agriculture
296-800 160 Personal protective equipment (PPE) Minimum requirements for personal protective equipment
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-800 170 Hazard Communication (Pre-GHS) Rules to make sure employees understand and know the hazards of the chemicals they work with.
Note: This rule is being phased out and replaced with Chapter 296-901, WAC, "Hazard Communication and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)"
296-800 190 Safety Bulletin Board Rule for having a safety bulletin board.
296-800 200 WISHA Poster Rule for having and posting a Job Safety & Health Poster
296-800 210 Lighting Minimum requirements for lighting
296-800 220 Housekeeping Rules for housekeeping, drainage and storage
296-800 230 Sanitation Rules for drinking water, bathrooms, washing facilities and waste disposal.
296-800 240 Tobacco Smoke Rules for environmental tobacco smoke.
296-800 250 Stairs Minimum requirements for stairs and stair railings
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-800 260 Floors Rules for guarding holes and openings in floors
296-800 270 Structural integrity Rules for the minimum requirements for workplace structural integrity
296-800 280 Electrical, Basic Requirements (Core Rules) Basic rules for electrical
296-800 300 Fire extinguishers Minimum requirements for portable fire extinguishers
296-800 310 Exit Routes and Employee Alarm Systems Minimum requirements for exit routes and alarm systems.
296-800 320 Accident reporting and investigation Rules about the reporting of a death or a hospitalization of any employee and investigating accidents.
296-800 330 Releasing accident investigation reports Rules telling what and how the department will release information in their accident investigation reports
296-800 340 Protecting sources Tells who and how the department protects sources who report occupational safety and health concerns
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-802 Employee Medical and Exposure Records The purpose of this chapter is to provide employees and their designated representatives the right to access relevant medical and exposure records. It also describes the procedures WISHA will follow when accessing confidential medical information.
296-803 Lockout/Tagout This chapter applies to the service and maintenance of machines and equipment, including piping systems, if employees could be injured by the: unexpected energization or start up of the machine or equipment or release of stored energy.
296-806 Machine Safety This chapter applies if you have machines or machine operations in your workplace.
296-806 420 Conveyors Applies to hazards related to conveyors and conveying systems, including bulk material, package, or unit handling types. These requirements are designed to protect employees operating, maintaining, cleaning, and working around conveyors.
296-807 Portable Power Tools This chapter applies to the tools and equipment shown in Table 1 of this chapter.
296-807 140 Compressed Air Tools This section applies to portable, hand-held compressed air powered tools. It also applies to airhose and plastic pipe used to supply compressed air to these tools.
296-807 150 Powder Actuated Fastening Systems This section applies to any powder actuated fastening system designed to use the expanding gases from a powder load to propel a stud, pin, fastener, or other object into hard structural material.
296-807 160 Power Lawnmowers
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-807 170 Jacks This section applies to portable hand- or power-operated: Hydraulic jacks; Mechanical ratchet jacks; Mechanical screw jacks.
296-809 Confined Spaces Protecting employees from occupational hazards related to permit-required confined spaces such as tanks, pits, or storage bins.
296-811 Fire Brigades Applies to any workplace that chooses to establish a fire brigade.
296-816 Trade Secrets This chapter applies to both withholding trade secret information from material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and employee exposure records; and providing trade secret information in medical emergencies and nonemergency situations.
296-817 Hearing Loss Prevention (Noise) We are reviewing the hearing conservation rules, updating, and rewriting the rules for clarity, ease of use, and understanding.
296-818 Abrasive Blasting Applies to all abrasive blasting operations where an abrasive is forcibly applied to a surface using any of the following: Pneumatic pressure; Hydraulic pressure; Centrifugal force.
296-823 Bloodborne Pathogens Provides requirements to protect employees from exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) that may contain bloodborne pathogens. Examples of bloodborne pathogens are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV).
296-824 Emergency Response To protect employees who work in emergency response operations for the releases or threat of releases of hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-826 Anhydrous Ammonia Applies to employers who use, handle, store, distribute, or transport anhydrous ammonia.
296-828 Labs Applies to the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals.
296-829 Helicopters Used as Lifting Machines Chapter 296-829 WAC applies to helicopters when used to carry loads, suspended with a cargo sling, powered hoist, or other attaching methods.
296-832 Late Night Retail Worker Crime Prevention Crime protection requirements for a retail establishment operating between 11pm and 6am. (Does not include restaurants, hotels, taverns, or any lodging facilities)
296-833 Temporary Worker Housing Rules for employers who provide or require their employees to live in temporary housing.
296-835 Dip Tanks The requirements for guarding against the hazards of dip tanks.
296-839 Material Safety Data Sheets and Label Preparation This chapter sets minimum requirements for content and distribution of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and labels for hazardous chemicals.
Note: This rule is being phased out and replaced with Chapter 296-901, WAC, "Hazard Communication and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)"
296-841 Airborne Contaminants Applies to any workplace with potential or actual employee exposure to respiratory hazards
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-842 Respirators Applies to all use of respirators at work.
296-843 Hazardous Waste Rules for hazardous waste sites and operations.
296-848 Arsenic This chapter applies to all occupational exposure to inorganic arsenic.
296-849 Benzene This chapter applies to all occupational exposure to benzene.
296-855 Ethylene Oxide Applies to all occupational exposure to ethylene oxide.
296-856 Formaldehyde Applies to all occupational exposure to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde includes formaldehyde gas, its solutions, and materials that release formaldehyde.
296-860 Railroads Requirements for railroad clearances and walkways in rail yards and plants including logging railroad yards such as mill yards, maintenance yards and sorting yards
296-863 Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks This chapter applies to powered industrial trucks that use electric motors or internal combustion engines.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-864 Split Rims Applies to the protection of employees who service split rim wheels and single-piece rim wheels used on large vehicles.
296-865 Motor Vehicles Rules for safe care and use of motor vehicles and trailers
296-869 Elevating Work Platforms Applies to the following types of elevating work platforms: Aerial lifts; Manually propelled elevating work platforms; Self-propelled elevating work platforms; Boom-supported elevating work platforms.
296-870 Powered Platforms Covers permanent powered platform installations dedicated to interior or exterior building maintenance of a specific structure or group of structures.
296-874 Scaffolds This chapter applies to suspended and supported scaffolds, including their supporting structures and anchorage points.
296-876 Ladders, Portable and Fixed Applies to portable and fixed ladders, including job-made wooden ladders.
296-878 Window Cleaning Safe window cleaning requirements.
296-900 Administrative Rules This chapter applies to the requirements and information regarding administration of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), chapter 49.17 RCW.
Chapter WAC # Section Rule Title/Topic Scope of Rule
296-901 Hazard Communication, Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Rules for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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