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WISHA provides rule guidance to staff through two types of policies:

  1. WISHA Interim Operations and Interpretive Memoranda (WIIM)
  2. WISHA Regional Directives (WRD)

The WIIMs and WRDs do not:

  • Substitute for the rule or requirement referenced.
  • Create additional obligations for employers.

The following is a list of all WISHA policies in effect as of 11/14/2014

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Mechanical Removal of Asbestos-Containing Floor Tile WIIM 97-7-G Provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding the enforcement of asbestos standards when a stationary flat blade attached to a motorized vehicle is used in the removal of vinyl asbestos floor tile and mastic. 7/25/1997
Non-Agricultural Use of Pesticides WIIM 98-2-A Provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding appropriate application of pesticide safety requirements to employers and activities outside the scope of the Agriculture Standard. 2/26/1998
Dual Employers & DOSH Enforcement WRD 1.15 Shared liability for a violation when employee exposure present and 2 or more employers are involved 7/7/2006
Employers Exposed to Hazards WRD 1.18 When to cite for employer exposure to a hazard that could result in employee exposure 1/8/2007
Homeowners as General Contractors WRD 1.19 This Directive establishes enforcement policies related to DOSH jurisdiction over homeowners who are “acting as the general contractor” in building their own homes. 7/3/2012
Fatality Memo Process WRD 1.20 This directive provides guidance to Compliance Supervisors and Managers to ensure that all fatality memos are appropriately completed, edited, reviewed and approved prior to dissemination. 8/25/2011
WISHA Jurisdiction Over DOC & Jail Inmates WRD 1.40 Provides guidance on when an inmate can be considered an "employee" and protocols for evaluating S&H complaints 7/7/2006
Voluntary Rescue Activities by Employees WRD 1.45 Determining whether an employee's efforts to rescue another person constitute a "recognized" hazard, 7/7/2006
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Handling WISHA Complaints by L&I Employees WRD 1.90 This directive provides guidance on responding to safety and health complaints filed about L&I’s own operations. 9/25/2012
Volunteers, Students, and DOSH Jurisdiction WRD 1.96 This Directive provides guidance for compliance and consultation staff in determining DOSH jurisdiction for volunteers and students. 10/18/2012
Programmed Inspection and Visit Activities WRD 2.10 This directive establishes DOSH policy and enforcement direction regarding programmed inspections and consultations. 1/5/2012
Programmed Inspections Regarding Maritime Industries WRD 2.18 Provides guidance to enforcement and consultation staff regarding programmed inspection activities within the Maritime high hazard industry. 8/25/2014
Local Emphasis Programs WRD 2.20 This directive provides guidance to DOSH enforcement and consultation staff on the procedures for proposing Local Emphasis Programs (LEPs) 1/5/2012
Focused Inspections in Construction WRD 2.25 Provides guidance to DOSH Compliance staff related to focused inspections in the construction industry. 7/27/2007
Severe Violator Enforcement Program WRD 2.68 This directive establishes enforcement policy for DOSH’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). 11/14/2014
Violence in the Workplace WRD 5.05 Provides guidance to DOSH staff on the appropriate application of WISHA standards in workplaces where there is an increased risk of violent incidents. 11/5/2010
Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care WRD 5.07 Provides guidance to WISHA staff in applying existing standards to issues of workplace violence in Health care. 7/14/2006
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Body Armor as Personal Protective Equipment WRD 5.09 This directive provides guidance to DOSH staff when involved in enforcement activities related to body armor used as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 12/22/2010
Unpreventable Employee Misconduct WRD 5.10 Provides instruction to DOSH staff on the procedures to follow when the issue of unpreventable employee misconduct is brought up by the employer during the course of any DOSH enforcement or consultation activity. 9/29/2009
Personal Protective Equipment WRD 5.15 This directive establishes DOSH policy and enforcement direction regarding the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). 7/20/2011
Employee Entry into Worksites Suffering Structural Damage WRD 5.45 This directive establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies related to employee entry into worksites suffering structural damage. 6/15/2011
Head Protection and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) WRD 5.92 What head protection requirements apply when employees operate motorcycles or ATVs as part of their job duties? 7/14/2006
Hand Protection When Using Knives in Food Preparation WRD 5.96 Establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policy related to hand protection when using knives during food processing. 12/3/2010
Bathroom and Toilet Facility Access WRD 5.98 Provides DOSH enforcement guidance, and clarifies that employers are required to make toilet facilities available, so that employees can use them when they need to. 8/25/2010
Inspection of Slide-Locks used on Mechanical and Hydraulic Power Presses WRD 6.10 Establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies related to slide-locks being used to control hazardous energy on mechanical and hydraulic machinery. 3/1/2008
Cone Setting Requirements WRD 6.55 This Directive provides guidance to DOSH consultation and compliance staff for when they encounter cone-setting operations on a publicly traveled roadway, highway, or construction project, and how to properly cite the employer if they encounter non-compliance. 7/20/2012
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Rolling Outriggers on Mobile Cranes WRD 7.00 Provides clearer guidance regarding the use of rolling outriggers on mobile cranes 3/25/2013
Powered Industrial Truck Training in Longshoring & Marine Terminals WRD 7.05 Forklifts and other Powered Industrial Trucks, operator training in the Longshoring and Marine Terminal Industries. 8/7/2006
Use of Powered Industrial Truck Load Engaging Means to Reduce Awkward Lifting WRD 7.06 Provides guidance in applying the requirements of Chapter 296-863 WAC, when the operator of the truck has dismounted to transfer loads by hand with the load-engaging means raised. 5/8/2012
Powered Industrial Trucks Used to Load and Unload WRD 7.07 Provides guidance in applying the requirements of Chapter 296-863 WAC, when loading or unloading highway trucks with Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs). 8/9/2013
Storing and Handling Flammable and Combustible Liquids and Spray Finishing WRD 7.30 Provides guidance to DOSH staff conducting inspections involving storing and handling flammable liquids and spray-finishing operations 8/11/2006
Meat Tenderizing Technology in the Meat Packing Industry WRD 8.35 This WRD provides guidelines for inspection of possible electrically hazardous conditions associated with a meat tenderizing technology being introduced into the meat packing industry. 8/11/2006
Citing Point of Operation in Machine Safety WRD 8.40 Clarification for point-of-operation citations issued to address violations not covered under specific rules. 8/11/2006
Enforcement Policy for Construction Crane Certification and Crane Operator Qualifications and Certification Under WAC 296-155-529 through 53300. WRD 8.60 This policy provides direction to all DOSH staff regarding compliance with construction crane certification and construction crane operator qualifications and certification requirements under WAC 296-155-532 through 53300. 3/25/2013
Crane Safety Inter-program Coordination WRD 8.70 Establishes inter-program coordination related to the crane safety program and the protocol regarding how staff within DOSH interact when staff encounter issues related to cranes or rigging. 10/20/2010
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Auditing Accredited Crane Certifiers WRD 8.80 This Directive establishes auditing procedures and enforcement policies related to auditing of Accredited Crane Certifiers within the state of Washington. 8/15/2012
Indoor Air Quality WRD 10.10 This directive establishes inspection procedures and compliance policies related to workplace Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) hazards. 1/14/2011
Outdoor Heat Exposure Enforcement Procedures WRD 10.15 Establishes statewide enforcement policies for WAC 296-62-095 through 296-62-09560, and WAC 296-307-097 through 296-307-09760 pertaining to Outdoor Heat Exposure. 5/26/2009
Tuberculosis Control in Health Care Settings WRD 11.35 Guidance to DOSH staff regarding application of CDC guidelines in cases involving potential TB exposure 3/19/2007
Tuberculosis Control in Correctional Facilities WRD 11.36 Provides guidance to DOSH staff regarding application of CDC Recommendations in cases involving TB exposure in correctional facilities. 3/19/2007
Compliance Policy for Hantavirus Related Cases WRD 11.55 Applies whenever WISHA compliance staff are involved in an inspection related to potential hantavirus exposure 12/30/1996
Audiometric Testing of Intermittent Noise Exposure WRD 12.15 This DOSH Directive provides guidance to DOSH staff in applying the requirements of the Hearing Loss Prevention (Noise) Standard, Chapter 296-817 WAC, to intermittent noise exposure. 3/25/2014
Confined Spaces in Shipyards WRD 12.45 This Directive applies to all DOSH enforcement and consultation activities involving confined or enclosed spaces in shipyard employment. 11/28/2011
Elevator Pits and the Confined Spaces Standard WRD 12.55 Is an elevator pit a "confined space" under the standard? 9/2/2002
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Emergency Response to Hazardous Substance Releases WRD 12.75 Provides clarification to ensure uniform inspection procedures for emergency response operations or substantial threats of releases of hazardous substances. 2/1/2010
Chromium VI WRD 12.80 Provides guidelines and establishes uniform inspection and compliance procedures for Chapter 296-62 WAC, Part I-2, the occupational exposure rule for hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium (VI). 5/18/2011
Enforcement and Consultation Guidance for Combustible Dust Hazards WRD 12.85 Establishes statewide DOSH enforcement and consultation policy for workplaces that generate or handle combustible dusts having the potential to cause dust deflagrations, other fires, or explosions. 12/30/2008
Hexavalent Chromium NEP WRD 12.90 Requires staff to follow OSHA Directive 02-02-076 when conducting inspections while also applying the instructions described in this directive. While DOSH Directive 12.80 must be followed, the instructions in this Directive will take precedence specifically for those inspections that are conducted as part of this NEP. 8/23/2010
Emergency Washing Facilities WRD 13.00 This directive establishes DOSH enforcement policy related to the emergency washing requirements contained in WAC 296-800-150, First Aid. 7/15/2011
Delaying Enforcement of WAC 296-62-500 Hazardous Drugs WRD 13.20 This DOSH Directive establishes a delay in enforcing WAC 296-62-500, the Hazardous Drugs rule. 4/10/2013
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities NEP WRD 13.40 This DOSH Directive implements OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) for programmed inspections of nursing and residential care facilities in the state of Washington. 10/5/2012
Isocyanates National Emphasis Program (NEP) WRD 13.50 This DOSH Directive implements OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Occupational Exposure to Isocyanates in the State of Washington. 12/18/2013
Grounding Requirements for Temporary Substation Fences WRD 18.35 Provides enforcement guidance to WISHA and defines what the requirements are for grounding temporary substation fencing? 8/19/2005
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Electrical Work and Confined Space Under WAC 296-45 & 62 WRD 18.40 Guidance to DOSH staff in the appropriate application of which standard applies for electrical work in confined spaces. 9/18/2006
High Voltage Night Patrol Requirements WRD 18.45 Provides guidance to DOSH staff regarding the application of WAC 296-45-385(15) -and whether it applies to supervisory/management employees . 9/18/2006
High Voltage Electrical and Telecommunications Hazards WRD 18.55 This Directive provides guidance to compliance and consultation staff, to ensure only qualified CSHOs are permitted to engage in DOSH inspection and consultation activities related to High Voltage Electrical and Telecommunications hazards. 7/10/2013
Explosives Magazine Licensing Inspection WRD 19.20 Provides guidance to DOSH staff on scheduling and conducting of explosive magazine inspections 11/15/2010
Explosives Inspection Activities and Procedure WRD 19.25 Provides guidance to DOSH staff on scheduling and conducting explosives inspections, and establishes guidelines for seizing explosives. 11/5/2010
Log Sorting Yards & Marine Terminals or Sawmills WRD 20.55 Evaluation of dry land log yards, regardless of location 9/18/2006
Tree and Shrub Trimming, Pruning and Removal WRD 20.75 This Directive establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies related to arborist activities involving tree and shrub trimming, pruning, bracing, removal and surgery. 3/3/2014
Personal Flotation Devices WRD 21.25 This directive provides guidance regarding the selection, use, and maintenance of Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) to protect workers when drowning hazards exist in the work place. 11/7/2014
Boatbuilding of Vessels 65 Feet or Less WRD 21.55 This directive provides guidance to enforcement and consultation staff regarding the applicability of chapter 296-304 WAC to construction of vessels of 65 feet or less. 11/5/2014
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Charter Vessel Inspections WRD 21.90 This Directive provides guidance to enforcement and consultation staff regarding Charter Boat inspections under Chapter 88.04 RCW, the Charter Boat Safety Act. 5/9/2014
Enforcement Activity Related to Piers and Docks WRD 21.95 This directive establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies related to piers and docks, involving the application of WAC 296-56-600117. 11/3/2014
Commercial Diving Operations WRD 22.85 This directive applies to all DOSH enforcement and consultation activities involving commercial diving activities, subject to the scope of Chapter 296-37 WAC, Commercial Diving Operations. 1/10/2012
Enforcement of Load Limit Signage on Ferry Terminals WRD 22.90 This directive establishes inspection policies and procedures related to the enforcement of the requirement for load limit signage on ferry structures that are part of the National Bridge Inventory. 1/4/2013
Enforcement guidance for the Longshoring Industry WRD 22.95 This DOSH Directive establishes enforcement guidance to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards related to the Longshoring Industry. 1/31/2013
Occupational Exposure to Asbestos WRD 23.10 applies to WISHA inspections and consultations related to occupational exposure to asbestos and to the Asbestos Certfication Program 4/30/1997
Asbestos Project Notification WRD 23.25 How specific must notification information be to comply with WAC 296-65-020(1)? 12/28/2000
Asbestos-Containing Joint Compound in Wallboard Systems WRD 23.30 Guidance to WISHA whenever they address issues concerning employee exposure to hazards involving asbestos-containing joint compound in wallboard systems. 12/28/2000
Demolition of Buildings with Asbestos Containing Materials WRD 23.35 Guidance to WISHA enforcement and consultation staff whenever they must address demolition activities and the need to identify and remove asbestos-containing materials. 1/31/2001
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Review and Decertification of Asbestos Abatement Contractors, Supervisors, and Workers WRD 23.70 This DOSH Directive describes the review process and provides guidance to DOSH staff regarding decertification of asbestos abatement contractors, supervisors, and workers. 12/16/2013
Primary Metal Industries NEP WRD 24.30 This Directive implements the National Emphasis Program for the Primary Metal Industry for the state of Washington. 6/25/2012
Chemical Facility Process Safety Management NEP WRD 24.40 This DOSH Directive implements OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Chemical Facility Process Safety Management in the State of Washington. The purpose of the NEP is to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards associated with the catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals. 5/29/2012
Process Safety Management Inspections WRD 24.50 This DOSH Directive implements the Washington State inspection program for worksites covered by the Process Safety Management standard. The purpose is to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards associated with the catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals. 11/5/2013
Contractor Responsibility for Safety and Health Under Stute v. PBMC WRD 27.00 Guidelines for WISHA enforcement and consultation staff when assessing a prime or general contractor’s compliance with WISHA as it applies to a subcontractor or its employees 8/1/2001
Traffic Control and Flagging Operations WRD 27.20 Provides guidance to WISHA staff when evaluating work zones where traffic control or flaggers are used. 12/30/2004
Excavation Operations WRD 27.30 This Directive establishes guidelines for DOSH Compliance and Consultation Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) when assessing employee exposure to hazards associated with excavation operations. 5/8/2014
Underground Diesel-Powered Equipment WRD 27.95 Defines what the requirements are for prior approval of the operation of mobile diesel- powered equipment underground? 4/11/2005
Fall Protection and Grain Inspectors WRD 29.59 Guidelines for determing if the WSDA should be cited for failure to provide fall protection in marine terminals? 9/25/1997
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Fixed Ladders Used in Emergencies WRD 29.65 Defines what safety controls are necessary for fixed ladders which are intended for emergency use only. 4/21/2005
Tag Line Use WRD 29.72 Guidleines for determining when to cite an employer for not using a tagline on suspended loads 3/25/2013
Scaffold and the Fall Protection Work Plan WRD 30.20 This directive establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies regarding the appropriate application of the fall protection work plan requirements, in relation to scaffolds. 4/5/2011
Law Enforcement WRD 32.00 Establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies related to patrol operations, tactical response, and emergency response when law enforcement officers are involved. 6/1/2011
Diving Search & Rescue WRD 32.15 This directive establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies related to diving operations involving “search and rescue” (SAR) activities conducted or coordinated by local governments. 1/28/2011
Inspection Guidelines for Post-Emergency Oil Spill Response Operations under WAC 296-62-300 WRD 32.99 Post-emergency response operations, petroleum crude oil releases on waterways and affected shorelines in Washington State. 12/30/1996
Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) and Low-Profile Tractors WRD 33.20 This directive establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies related to Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) and the exemptions from ROPS on low profile tractors in the agriculture industry. 6/20/2011
Pesticides in Agriculture WRD 33.25 Provides guidance to WISHA staff regarding the enforcement of the worker protection standard in agriculture , particularly as it relates to allegations of actual pesticide exposure. 12/28/2000
Cholinesterase Monitoring WRD 33.27 Establishes procedures for responding to action level cholinesterase depressions under Chapter 296-307-148 WAC, Cholinesterase Monitoring. 1/12/2011
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Sheepherder Housing WRD 33.72 Provides guidance to WISHA whenever they must assess temporary worker housing provided to sheepherders as a condition of employment. 11/26/2001
Field Sanitation for Agriculture Workers WRD 33.80 This directive provides DOSH enforcement guidance on WAC 296-307-095, Field Sanitation. It clarifies application and use of waterless hand washing products. 4/5/2011
New Hire Training Program for DOSH Safety and Health Staff WRD 40.0 Provides guidance and direction to all DOSH staff about initial new hire training of Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) and Safety & Health Consultants. In addition, this directive provides guidance and direction on continuing education and technical training for all safety and health staff. 11/15/2010
Occupational Exposure to Lead, Inspection and Compliance Procedures WRD 84-12B inspection , compliance and implementation guidelines related to the lead standard. 8/15/1990
Grain Handling Facilities—Inspection Guidance and Standards Clarification WRD 89-3B guidelines for inspections conducted in grain handling facilities and clarification of Chapter 296-99 WAC 9/1/1994
Washington Administrative Code 296-155-176, Lead Exposure in Construction—Inspection and Compliance Guidelines WRD 95-1 Provides uniform inspection and compliance guidance for Lead Exposure in Construction, 2/1/1995

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