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Outdoor Heat Exposure

The outdoor heat exposure rules are effective May 1 through Sept. 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.

Roles, responsibilities, and procedures during the erection and dismantling of tower cranes - new Hazard Alert (323 KB PDF)

This new hazard alert is for tower crane owners, contractors, and their employees who use, erect, and dismantle tower cranes.

New online training courses on Ergonomics

Several new training courses and tools are now available to help prevent sprains & strains in the workplace. The modules include: Lift height and risk of injury, Ergonomics for Drivers, Ergonomics Essentials, Sit-Stand Computer Workstations, Help for Employees, and Sit-Stand Computer Workstations, Help for Employers.

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Beryllium - new topic page

A new safety topic page, Beryllium, compiles safety rules and resources to help you keep workers safe from beryllium dust, fume, mists, and solutions. The page also provides resources for medical providers who assist employers by evaluating the health of workers exposed to beryllium. Beryllium is used primarily in the medical, aerospace, electronics, telecommunications, and defense industries as an alloy in metal, usually copper. (May, 2019)

Silicosis Hazards for Workers - new Hazard Alert (287 KB PDF)

Also available in Spanish, this new hazard alert discusses silica hazards for companies and workers who fabricate, finish, or install natural or engineered stone countertops, and how to address them. (April, 2019)


Concrete Pumper Blowout - New Hazard Alert (247 KB PDF)

Workers who drive, operate, and/or work near concrete pump trucks are at risk of being injured, or even killed, without safety precautions to protect them from sudden blowouts. Learn about these hazards and how to protect workers in our new hazard bulletin. (February 15, 2019)

WISHA 10 for Agriculture training schedule updated

Find Train-the-Trainer class dates and Worker training in Spanish on our updated page. Registration is now open for both classes! (February 15, 2019)

Free 2019 Workplace Safety & Health calendar now available

This year’s calendar shows that every industry has its dangers. Get your free calendar while supplies last at your local L&I office. (February 15, 2019)

Watch videos online from our new online video subscription

Viewers with a Borrower account ID in Washington state can access L&I's subscription to a new online video catalog with more than 600 safety & health videos. Don't have a borrower account ID? Our video library also has other titles that anyone can view online. (October 12, 2018)

New rule activity

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

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Winter Safety

Find resources to help deal with common workplace hazards during the autumn season on our updated page. (December 1, 2018)

Top-10 Rule Violations Updated

See the most common safety & health rules cited during L&I inspections from October 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018. Find resources to help ensure your business is in compliance with our safety & health rules. (October 25, 2018)

New Silica training resources available

Check out Managing Silica at Construction Sites - Table 1 Silica Tool, our new mobile-friendly guide to evaluate jobsite exposure controls and respirator use based on WAC 296-840 Table 1 specifications. Also learn about silica hazards in our new online training module. (October 12, 2018)

Carbon Monoxide and Law Enforcement Personnel - New Hazard Bulletin (329 KB PDF)

Read the new bulletin to learn how to identify potential carbon monoxide (CO) exposure hazards in vehicles and to prevent CO poisoning. (October 8, 2018)

Reminder: OSHA 300 Summary must be posted from Feb. 1 through April 30.

Learn more about the requirements and view our Recordkeeping & Reporting webcast on our topic page.

Lead Poisoning in an Indoor Firing Range - 60 Seconds for Safety & Health

Several workers remodeling a commercial firing range were exposed to lead dust without proper protection. One worker brought the dust home on his clothes, poisoning his 2 kids. Learn how it could've been prevented in our latest 60 Seconds for Safety & Health video. (Sept. 24, 2018)

Chemical Spray - 60 Seconds for Safety & Health

Read the story about how a worker died after being sprayed by corrosive chemicals, and learn how it could've been prevented in our latest 60 Seconds for Safety & Health video. (Sept. 1, 2018)

Communication Tower Operations Publication (F417-281-000)

This new guidance document is a collection of DOSH policies, applicable Washington Administrative Codes (WAC), best practices, and knowledge gathered from the FCC, OSHA and industry experts. It focuses on the ways in which each level in the contracting chain can build a positive culture of safety and accountability. You can get a pocket-sized version, known as the "Red Book," as well. (Feb. 22, 2018)

First Responders Exposure: Fentanyl - New Hazard Bulletin (320 KB PDF)

If you respond to overdose calls, traffic stops, arrests, and searches, you are increasingly likely to encounter the dangerous drug, fentanyl. Learn about this hazard and how to prevent being affected by coming in contact with it in our new Hazard Bulletin. (Feb. 22, 2018)

New and Updated Topic Pages

We've added and updated several topic pages, including Telecommunications and Law Enforcement. Find out more about the hazards associated with these topics and how to keep workers safe and working by viewing these resources. (Jan. 11, 2018)

National Safe + Sound Week August 13-19, 2018

Join businesses around the country in events and activities that help initiate or energize safety and health programs during this national campaign. Learn more on our new National Safe + Sound Week Campaign page. (August 1, 2018)

Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls at Washington State's Construction Sites May 7 – 11, 2018

Falls cost. Safety pays. Choose to promote fall prevention on your job site during Safety Stand-Down week activities. (April 21, 2018)

2018 Construction Safety Day, May 11, 2018 in Puyallup

Registration is now open for this annual event in Puyallup. (April 21, 2018)

Reminder: OSHA 300 Summary must be posted from Feb. 1 through April 30.

Learn more about the requirements and view our Recordkeeping & Reporting webcast on our updated topic page. (February 1, 2018)

WISHA 10 for Agriculture Workers training (presented in Spanish)

Attend this no-cost 2-day training, February 20-21, 2018, for 10 hours of presentations, videos, handouts, and interactive exercises suitable for all agriculture workers. Successful participants will receive a WISHA 10 for Agriculture Certification Card and Certificate of Completion. This class will be presented in Spanish. (February 1, 2018)

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 and storewide events, such as "Black Friday" sales. (December 1, 2017)

2018 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar – Working Together to Keep Washington Safe and Working

The Department of Labor & Industries' 2018 workplace calendar is now available. This calendar features the diverse workplaces and partnerships that are so vital in making our state one of the safest in the country. Get a free calendar at your local L&I office. (Dec. 1, 2017)

New publication and form for safety meetings, committees and crew meetings

Read our newest publication and learn about the requirements for holding safety meetings, safety committees, and crew meetings, get help with conducting an effective meeting, and find an optional Safety Meeting Notes form (also available in Spanish) that can be customized to your company’s needs. (September 11, 2017)

Wildfire Smoke and Dust Masks at Work (254 KB PDF)

When smoke from wildfires enters your work environment you may have concerns about your comfort or health. Read about selecting the right kind of dust mask, and find tips for using it properly. (September 11, 2017)

60 Seconds for Safety & Health -- Store Shooting

Watch the story of a convenience store worker who was fatally shot, and learn how it could have been prevented. (September 11, 2017)

60 Seconds for Safety & Health -- Fall Through Skylight

Watch the story of how a worker's first job of the day became his last, and learn how it could have been prevented. (September 11, 2017)

60 Seconds for Safety & Health -- Fall from Roof

Watch the story of a worker's life-changing fall from a roof and learn how it could have been prevented. (July 24, 2017)

New Hazard Alerts

Read House Flipping And Asbestos (410 KB PDF) and Exploding Tanks During Metal Recycling (350 KB PDF) to learn about specific hazards and how to keep workers safe. (June 22, 2017)

Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 8-12, 2017

Join us May 8 – 12, 2017 for the Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls at Washington state's construction sites. Resources are available on our updated page to help you start planning now. (April 1, 2017)

New Safety Forms Available

The new forms include: Fall Protection Work Plan, Competent Person Evaluation - Fall Restraint & Fall Arrest, Logging Emergency Medical Plan, and Window Cleaning Service and Recovery Plan. (March 30, 2017)

WISHA 10 for Agriculture Train-the-Trainer Program schedule updated

The WISHA 10 for Agriculture is a no-cost Train-the-Trainer (TOT) Program within the agriculture industry. The next scheduled class runs from October 24-27, 2017 in Yakima. The participants that successfully complete this course will receive a WISHA 10 Certified Trainer Card and be authorized to conduct the WISHA 10 for Agriculture in the agriculture industry. (March 30, 2017)

Focus on FACTS

The FACTS represents the five main categories of hazards that are the most frequent causes of workplace injuries, occupational diseases, and death -- hazards such as: falls, struck by objects, mechanical moving parts, toxic chemicals, and heavy lifting. By focusing on these main categories employers and employees, can identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety & health hazards and find solutions to eliminate or control those hazards. (March 30, 2017)

Ladder Safety Guide now available

A new reference guide on safe ladder use and best practices for preventing accidents. Includes a checklist to put this information into action. (Feb. 9, 2017)

Top-10 Rule Violations Page Updated

Now you can find information on the most common safety and health rules cited during L&I inspections for the agriculture industry. Find the most current information and resources to help you keep employees safe and working. (November 23, 2016)

Video streaming updated

We now have over 100 hazard awareness and training videos available for direct viewing online, including 6 new titles now available. Find out more on our video library page. (Nov. 23, 2016)

Recordkeeping and Reporting (OSHA 300 form) Webcast

Find training resources to get a head start on your end-of-year compilation of required OSHA 300 injury and illness reporting. (November 23, 2016)

The Road to Safety & Health Success

A quick video tour that gives a quick glance at the different types of free safety and health resources available on the L&I web site, including, publications, videos, online training, and topic pages. (June 3, 2016)

Eye On Safety: Recordkeeping and Reporting Webcast

Do you know what to do if an employee is injured at your workplace in Washington State? Should you notify the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)? What is the OSHA 300 form, and do I need to use it? These questions and more are answered in our inaugural episode of Eye On Safety: Recordkeeping and Reporting. Learn all about the OSHA 300 form and about Recordkeeping and Reporting in this fun, fresh approach to workplace safety and health. Find an eLesson to dig deeper and see examples of how to fill out the form. REMINDER: OSHA 300 Log must be posted from February 1st through April 30th. (April 4, 2016)

Updated Job Safety and Health Poster (F416-081-909)

All employers in Washington should have received from L&I a new required Job Safety and Health poster in October or November 2015. Employers should discard their old Job Safety and Health poster and replace it with the new one dated 09-2015. (January 7, 2016)

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