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Woman wearing a yellow hard hat using a yellow drill while framing. Text: Construction Safety Day, May 6, 2015, Puyallup WA.
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Construction Safety Day Registration Now Open (www.etouches.com)

Construction remains one of the toughest and most hazardous jobs.  Staying safe & healthy on the job requires the right training and the right equipment. Learn more at this one day annual event in Puyallup on May 6, 2015.

Recordkeeping requirements reminder: OSHA 300 Log must be posted from February 1st through April 30th

For more information and resources, see our Recordkeeping and Reporting topic page.

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Other Important News and Updates

Washington State Top 25 Hazardous Industries, 2008 to 2012

A new publication with a summary of occupational injury and illness data, including safety and health violations cited, by the top 25 hazardous industries for the five-year period 2008 to 2012. (March 12, 2015)

DOSH penalty calculations rulemaking

Learn about changes to how penalties are calculated and why these changes are happening. See a schedule of public hearings you can attend to provide input on these rule changes. (March 1, 2015)


L&I's Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) program publications are now searchable.

Find SHARP publications by Hazard, Industry, Project, Publication Type, Title, Author, and Year Issued in our updated publications database page. (February 23, 2015)

Request a Free Consultation -- Now available online!

Labor & Industries can provide your company with no-charge safety & health or risk management consultation. You can now complete your request online. (February 23, 2015)

2015 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar – Preventing Sprains and Strains now available

2015 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar – "Prevention Sprains and Strains Washington's Leading Workplace Injury," the Department of Labor & Industries' 2015 workplace calendar, is now available. Find more resources to prevent sprains and strains here. (January 26, 2015)

Q&A: Emergency Washing Requirements for Pesticide Handlers

This new fact sheet answers questions about emergency washing requirements for pesticide handlers. It includes information about when emergency washing is required, how much water is necessary, emergency eyewash, access to water in remote areas and more. (January 26, 2015)

Winter Safety

Find resources to help deal with common workplace hazards during the winter season on our updated page. (January 26, 2015)

The Dangers of Spraying Ignitable Liquids - New Hazard Alert at Construction Sites (162 KB PDF)

Information for painters, general contractors, and site superintendents to prevent explosions, fires, and inhalation hazards on work sites. (January 5, 2015)

New and Updated Topic Pages

Find updated information and resources on the following topics: Distracted Walking, Abrasive Wheels, Personnel Hoisting and Personnel Platforms, Silica, and Tractor Safety. (December 8, 2014)

Marijuana Industry Safety & Health

Learn about workplace hazards and how to prevent them in the marijuana production, processing and retail industry. (December 8, 2014)


Learn about potential exposure hazards and precautionary measures to keep employees safe and working.(December 8, 2014)

Eye on Safety

Workers in Washington continue to be seriously injured by slips, trips & falls, sprains & strains, and machinery. Visit our new Eye on Safety page for short videos to be aware of hazards and how to prevent them. September 1, 2014

Fatality/serious injury investigation stories

Watch short, narrated presentations that show real events where the investigating safety and health inspectors describe briefly what happened, how the workers were killed or injured, and how the incidents could have been prevented. (March 10, 2014)

New videos in the Safety & Health video library

Find Safety & Health videos to show your employees. Watch videos online or reserve videos up to six months in advance.

New rule activity

Read about updates to Safety & Health rules. Attend a public hearing or share your comments.

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Retail Holiday Safety

Is your workplace ready for holidays and the hazards that go along with big storewide sales events? Include worker safety in your preparations for holiday crowds, decorating, and big sale events. Read more on our new topic page. (November 17, 2014)

Fall Hazards: Standing Walls - Highlights of Fall Protection Requirements

Learn about fall hazards workers are exposed to while framing, erecting and raising walls without using fall protection in this new fact sheet (November 10, 2014)

Escalators and Elevators

Find resources and information about how to keep workers free from injuries when using and maintaining escalators and elevators on our new topic page. (November 10, 2014)

New Hazard Alert: Electrical hazards in the Telecommunication Industry (129 KB PDF)

Read about how to protect workers from electrical hazards on telecommunication job sites in the new Hazard Alert. (November 10, 2014)

Pocket Guide to Worker Rights (F101-165-000)

A new publication to help workers understand their rights in Washington State. (October 13, 2014)

Employer's Guide to the Hazard Communication Rule (F413-012-000)

Revised to include updated information for Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This will be available in Spanish in late 2014.  (October 13, 2014)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Employers must provide and ensure effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees. Specific requirements and resources for various industries, activities, and hazards can be found on L&I's updated PPE Topic page. (October 1, 2014)

Tree Care Industry Safety & Health

Learn about hazards and how to prevent them in this new Industry page. (September 29, 2014)

Rigging Safety: Construction Rigging Requirements (F417-253-000)

New fact sheet on how to correctly and safety rig loads on construction job sites to prevent falling material, property damage and equipment failure or tip over. (September 29, 2014)

Safety and health grant acceptance period now open

A new round of safety and health grants will be open until October 31, 2014. Learn more on our SHIP Grants page. (August 21, 2014)

New and improved Safety & Health Web content

Take a few moments and explore our new structure and features like "How do I..." and other updated content. (August 1, 2014)

Alert: Leg Cut While Wearing Kevlar Safety Inserts (131 KB PDF)

Read about the serious safety hazards associated with kevlar inserts and how to work safely. (July 28, 2014)

Alert: Truck-mounted Bark and Mulch Blowers Can Kill (285 KB PDF)

Read about the serious safety hazards associated with this equipment and how to work safely. (July 28, 2014)

Bicycle Safety: Delivery, couriers, and messengers (F417-250-000)

Read this new publication to find ways to keep bicycle delivery workers safe and working. (July 7, 2014)

Outdoor Heat Exposure

The outdoor heat exposure rules are effective May 1 through September 30 every year, when exposures are at or above a specific temperature. Find information and resources for keeping workers safe and working outdoors when the temperature rises on our Outdoor Heat Exposure topic page. (June 9, 2014)

Ensure you and your workers are informed about hazard communication and the GHS labeling system

Find training materials and other resources on our GHS topic page. (June 2, 2014)

Several updated stickers available to order at no charge

Order stickers for minimum clearance around equipment used in logging & construction. Also available: "Put this Guard Back" stickers for machinery, in English and Spanish, in two sizes. (May 4, 2014)

Spring safety

Read about typical spring workplace dangers, including working outdoors, and storms and flooding, in our updated topic page. (April 14, 2014)

Spanish version of "Fall Protection Basics for Construction Activities" booklet now available

This booklet provides an overview of revised fall protection rules and requirements for construction activities. (April 4, 2014)

Dry cleaning Safety & Health

New page for keeping workers safe and working in the dry cleaning industry, with a link to the hazard alert about 1-bromopropane (1-BP) (724 KB PDF). (March 24, 2014)

New Hazard Communication/GHS rules update online training

Learn about the new Hazard Communication/Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Standard requirements and how to use the new classification system to keep workers safe and working around hazardous chemicals. (April 21, 2014)

Worker Memorial Day - Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Join us in honoring those who have died in the previous year from job-related injuries or illnesses. (April 21, 2014)

Proposed amendments to Chapter 296-900 WAC administrative rules - penalty calculations

Attend an upcoming meeting and learn more about changes to penalty calcualtions in L&I rules. (February 7, 2014)

Two new hazard alerts: Hot oil burns and working too close to overhead power lines

L&I is noticing an increase in severe hot oil burn claims and has produced an alert to help reduce these injuries. In addition, L&I inspectors continue to see construction work being done too close to overhead power lines, putting workers at risk of electrocution. (January 27, 2014)

Electric Power Generation, Transmission, & Distribution Industry Safety & Health

New resource pages for the electric power industry to help keep employees safe and working. (January 6, 2014)

Ladder safety

Falls from ladders continue to be one of the most common sources of workplace injuries and hospitalizations in Washington. Learn how to improve safety on ladders in our updated topic page. (January 1, 2014)

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