Safety and Health Standards

Most businesses will need a copy of the general standards that apply to all industries except for those that have a specific standard listed in the table below.

The general standards are:

Safety and Health Core Rules WAC 296-800

General Safety and Health WAC 296-24

General Occupational Health WAC 296-62

Important note: As rules are being re-written to be easier to use and understand, they are being re-numbered into the -800 series. Therefore, the information in following tables may have changed since this book was published.

Check the L&I Web site for the most current standards.

If you use certain types of machinery or equipment, or engage in certain specialized operations Then you may also need: WAC 296-
  • Any machinery not covered in -155
  • Portable power tools other than those covered in -155
  • Machinery that needs to be de-energized and made safe (locked out/tagged out) while workers perform maintenance or adjustments
  • Forklifts, reach-trucks or other powered industrial trucks
  • Ladders
  • Helicopters used as lifting machines
  • Motor vehicles other than construction equipment used on public or private roadways
  • Scaffolding
  • Split rim tires
If you have these specific types of hazards, in addition to the horizontal standards, Then you may also need: WAC 296-
  • Confined Spaces (stormwater containment systems included)
  • Hazardous waste, including bloodborne pathogens
  • Noise levels above 85 decibels
  • Respiratory hazards
-841 & -842
If your business involves this kind of work, Then you may need: WAC 296-
  • Asbestos removal
  • Compressed air atmosphere for work
  • Electrical work (high voltage including line-clearance tree-trimming)
  • Explosives -- possession, handling and use

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