Worker's Rights

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Workplace safety and health rights apply to all employees in all industries in Washington State.  

Whether you work in a hospital, restaurant, sawmill, orchard, or at a construction site, you and all other employees in Washington State have the right to a safe and healthy workplace.

In addition, you also have a right to

  • file a complaint about workplace safety or health hazards with the Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH);
  • participate in a DOSH inspection;
  • participate in your company's safety committee;
  • refuse dangerous work when certain conditions are met;
  • know how to work safety around hazardous chemicals;
  • be protected from discrimination resulting from exercising your rights; and
  • have limited access to injury, illness, and exposure records.

Note: Federal employees and employees working for tribal employers on tribal lands are covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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For general information, call 1-800-423-7233.

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