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Employer's Guide to the Hazard Communication Rule  

Booklet: Washington State's new Hazard Communication rule became effective April 15, 2013. It is intended to improve understanding of hazard information found on product labels. The booklet includes training requirements, a Q&A about who is covered, pictograms, descriptions of hazards and everything employers need to know and do to be in compliance.

The changes are based on the International Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).


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Workers' Guide to Hazardous Chemicals / Guía para los trabajadores sobre productos químicos peligrosos (English/español)

Brochure: Explains workers' rights under Washington's Hazard Communication rule but does not fulfill an employer's legal obligation to provide information and training to employees.

Includes information for workers about working safety around hazardous chemicals and understanding warning labels.

Folleto: Explica los derechos de los trabajadores bajo la ley de comunicación de riesgos químicos en el estado de Washington pero no satisface la obligación legal del empleador para proporcionar información y capacitación para los empleados.

Incluye información para los trabajadores sobre la seguridad al trabajar donde se usan químicos peligrosos y entender las etiquetas de advertencia.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-67 - Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals

The purpose this of section, Chapter 296-67 WAC, Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals, contains requirements for preventing or minimizing the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals. These releases may result in toxic, fire, or explosion hazards.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-843, Hazardous Waste Operations

Rules for hazardous waste sites and operations.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-901 - Global Harmonized System for Hazard Communication

Chapter 296-901 WAC, GHS is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals.

Q&A: Hazard Communication Standard

Fact sheet: Provides information about changes to OSHA'S Federal Hazard Communication Standard, which triggers the need for changes to Washington State's standard. Rulemaking is under way in 2013. The changes are intended to improve comprehension of hazard information found in product labels to more effectively prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities.


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Washington State Top 25 Hazardous Industries, 2006 to 2010

Booklet: Provides 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 2006 to 2010.

2014 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar: Top 12 Hazards that Cause Injuries and Deaths

Calendar: Features real Washington State businesses and employees handling typical workplace hazards and spotlighting the top 12 hazards that cause injuries and deaths. It includes suggested weekly safety and health tips for different hazards, including slips trips and falls, struck by falling objects, burns and more.

Fall Hazards: Standing Walls - Highlights of Fall Protection Requirements

Safety Topic fact sheet: Describes the fall hazards workers are exposed to while framing, erecting and raising walls without using fall protection. Includes photos, safety requirements and different methods of fall restraints and fall arrest systems.

Washington State Top 25 Hazardous Industries, 2008 to 2012

Booklet: Provides 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.

Hazard Documentation Worksheet

Hazard Documentation Worksheet for use by L&I compliance staff to describe, measure and comment on workplace hazards.

Alleged Safety Or Health Hazards (DOSH Complaint Form)

Employees use this form to report work place conditions which jeopardize workers safety and health.


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Working Safely with Asbestos in Brake and Clutch Linings

Pamphlet/booklet: Reviews the health hazards of asbestos exposure, use of asbestos in brake and clutch linings, employer's responsibilities, how employees can protect themselves, employee rights, and where to get help with waste management.

Worker and Community Right-to-Know Program
Fact sheet: Provides an overview of the Worker and Community Right-to-Know (RTK) Program authorized by legislation in 1986. Explains the RTK fees, education on hazardous substances that the fees support, who pays the fees and how they are calculated.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-45  -  Electrical Workers

Safety Standards for Electrical Workers, 296-45 WAC, consist of the requirements for safeguarding employees against electrical hazards in their workplace; requirements for electric equipment and wiring in locations classified as hazardous.

Safety Standards for Fire Fighters WAC 296-305

The rules of this chapter shall apply with respect to any and all activities, operations and equipment of employers and employees involved in providing fire protection services, fire fighters and their work places, including the fire combat scene.

Firefighters are rescuers extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten property and civilian or natural populations and to rescue people from dangerous situations, like collapsed or burning buildings.

Recordkeeping and Reporting - WAC 296-27

These WAC and RCW rules explain the record keepkeeping responsibilities of businesses such as medical providers, employers who handle biohazards, etc.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-24 - General Safety and Health

The rules in this chapter are designed to protect the safety and health of employees by creating a healthy work environment by establishing requirements to control safety hazards in the workplace.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-62, General Occup Health

The rules in this chapter are designed to protect the health of employees and help to create a healthy workplace by establishing requirements to control health hazards. Requirements for chemical hazard communication programs, workplace lighting levels and exposure records are in chapter 296-800 WAC, the safety and health core rules.

Safety Standards for Confined Spaces WAC 296-809

This chapter applies to all confined spaces and provides requirements to protect employees from the hazards of entering and working in confined spaces.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-835, Dip Tanks

The requirements for guarding against the hazards of dip tanks.

Safety Standards for WAC 296-841, Airborne Contaminants

Applies to any workplace with potential or actual employee exposure to respiratory hazards

Safety and Health Discrimination Complaint

Use this form to file a complaint when you feel you've been discriminated against or discharged for reporting a workplace safety hazard.


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Jorge's New Job: Cholinesterase Testing in Washington State / Un Nuevo Trabajo para Jorge(English/Spanish)

Pamphlet/booklet: Uses a story format with dialogue and photographs to explain the hazards of cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides, the state's monitoring program and the importance of using proper safety equipment when working with pesticides.

Panfleto/folleto:  Utiliza un formato de cuento con diálogo y fotografías para explicar los peligros de la colinesterasa, el programa de monitoreo del estado y la importancia del uso adecuado del equipo de seguridad cuando se trabaja con pesticidas.

Q&A: Stay of Abatement Date

Fact sheet: Explains how an employer requests a "stay of abatement date." Effective July 1, 2012, an employer must fix a hazard cited in a workplace inspection during appeal unless he or she has requested and been granted a stay of abatement date.

Workplace Safety and Health Pocket Guide

Pocket guide: Provides links to online information, including safety and health consultations, how to develop a safety program, reporting hazards and injuries, other safety training, and information for teen workers.

Agriculture Safety and Health Pocket Guide

This durable, compact pocket guide is an easy reference guide to safety and health hazards and accident prevention practices for many aspects of agricultural work. It is intended for use in the field by workers and employers in the state of Washington to help them work safely and be in compliance with state regulations.

This guide does not replace any of the requirements in the actual regulations and should only used as a companion to the actual regulations.

2016 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar: Safety and Health Never Goes Out of Style

Calendar: "Safety and Health Never Goes Out of Style," the Department of Labor & Industries' 2016 workplace safety and health calendar, is now available. This calendar features vintage posters created in the 1960s and 70s by graphic artists at L&I. The artists used humor and attention-grabbing illustrations to depict typical workplace hazards. The safety and health theme is "Focus on FACTS" to prevent the leading causes of worker fatalities, serious injuries and occupational disease. Each month features a vintage poster, a safety workplace message and five safety tips.

Agency Requested Inspection

Used by non-L&I agencies and jurisdictional authorities to request an inspection on an electrical hazard.

Presuntos riesgos de Salud y Seguridad (Formulario de queja de la División de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional)

Los empleados usan este formulario de queja para reportar las condiciones de trabajo que ponen en peligro la seguridad y salud de los trabajadores.


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Electrical Work on Residential Property: What You Should Know Before Work Begins

Fact Sheet: Explains to property owners the importance of electrical permits, inspections and approvals. An electrical permit is required for most new, remodel and maintenance electrical work.

Electrical Work on Commercial Property: What You Should Know Before Work Begins
Fact Sheet: Explains to commercial property owners the importance of electrical permits, inspections and approvals. An electrical permit is required for most new, remodel and maintenance electrical work.

Questions and Answers about Electrical Safety
Fact Sheet: Answers questions about training and certification/licensing requirements for those who perform electrical installations, and electrical work that requires a permit and inspection.

Safety Steps for Supervisors and Employees in Restaurants
Fact Sheet: A useful summary of the responsibilities both employers and employees share for a safe workplace. This can be shared with new employees during their initial orientation.

Restaurant Employee Safety Orientation Checklist
Fact Sheet: Download this checklist to help with the safety orientation of new restaurant employees.

Eye On Safety Card

Reference card: 8.5 X 5.5 card to promote L&I's EyeOnSafety.info website, where you can find video shorts, training videos, investigation stories and other visual resources.

WISHA Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens - Chapter 296-823 WAC

Pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans.

Preguntas y Respuestas:Comunicación sobre los riesgos químicos

Hoja de información: Proporciona información sobre cambios a los reglamentos federales de comunicación de la Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (OSHA, por su sigla en inglés), los cuales causan la necesidad para cambios en la norma del estado de Washington.  Se proyecta que los cambios mejoren el entendimiento de la información de peligro que se encuentra en las etiquetas de los productos para prevenir más efectivamente las lesiones, enfermedades y muertes.


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Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors

Booklet: Gives information needed to prevent nail gun injuries for construction employers.

Employing teens under 18 in food service? - L&I's fact sheet of permitted and prohibited work activities for youth ages 14 to 17 in food service

Fact sheet: Explains permitted and prohibited work activities for youth ages 14 to 17 in food service. Includes rules for driving, student-learner exemptions and work hours.


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