Variance Application Notices

There are currently no active variance applications.

What is a variance?

A variance is an allowed deviation from a specific safety or health standard when an employer substitutes measures that afford an equal degree of safety.

A variance is not a means of legally avoiding compliance with a safety or health standard. To obtain a variance, it must be proven that employees will be provided with protection equal to compliance with the standard.

To whom do I submit variance applications?

Send all variance applications (F414-021-000) to the following address:

Safety Program Manager
Division of Occupational Safety & Health
PO Box 44650
Olympia WA 98504-4650

We will acknowledge all variance applications upon receipt.

For more information about variances, see the Variance topic page or contact the DOSH Variance Program at 360-902-5568 or

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