Safety and Health Core Rules

Last Updated: 2/10/2014

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The Safety and Health Core Rules are the basic safety and health rules needed by most employers in Washington State. You can make your workplace safer and healthier for your employees by applying these rules.

The Core Rules do not apply to Agriculture operations. Requirements for Agriculture operations can be found in the Safety Standards for Agriculture, Chapter 296-307 WAC.

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Chapter 296-800, WAC: View the entire rule (

WAC Description
296-800-100 Introduction
296-800-110 Employer Responsibilities: Safe Workplace
296-800-120 Employee Responsibilities
296-800-130 Safety Committees and Safety Meetings Safety Committees and Safety Meetings
296-800-140 Accident Prevention Program
296-800-150 First Aid
296-800-160 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
296-800-170 Employer Chemical Hazard Communication
Note: This rule is being phased out and replaced with Chapter 296-901, WAC, "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)"
296-800-180 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) as Exposure Records
296-800-190 Safety Bulletin Board
296-800-200 WISHA Poster
296-800-210 Lighting
296-800-220 Housekeeping, Draining and Storage
296-800-230 Drinking Water, Bathrooms, Washing Facilities, and Waste Disposal
296-800-240 Environmental Tobacco Smoke in the Office
296-800-250 Stairs and Stair Railings
296-800-260 Floor Openings, Floor Holes and Open-sided Floors
296-800-270 Workplace Structural Integrity
296-800-280 Basic Electrical Rules
296-800-300 Portable Fire Extinguishers
296-800-310 Exit Routes and Employee Alarm Systems
296-800-320 Accident Reporting and Investigation Reports
296-800-330 Releasing Accident Investigation Reports
296-800-340 Protecting the Identity of the Source of Confidential Information
296-800-360 Using standards from National Organizations and Federal Agencies
296-800-370 Definitions



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