Law Enforcement

Photo courtesy of L&I. Police officer with safety vest directing traffic

Wear your high-visibility safety vest whenever working in traffic.

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Hazardous drugs, assaults, traffic accidents, and domestic violence calls are some of the issues law enforcement officers respond to every day.

During incident responses, law enforcement officer are exposed to serious hazards:

  • Airborne contaminants (drugs, such as fentanyl; lead emissions from fire arms).
  • Biological pathogens (from contaminated needles, blood, humane waste).
  • Moving vehicles.
  • Adverse driving conditions.
  • Being struck by hostile individuals or weapons.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required accident prevention program (APP).

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