Elevate your Safety and Health: Unlock the path to excellence as a START member!
START, the Safety Through Achieving Recognition Together Program, was developed to provide employers with an opportunity to become self-sufficient in managing their safety and health programs. START is open to WA employers who have been in business for more than one year and have less than 250 employees onsite and no more than 500 employees statewide.
There is no template, no two companies are exactly alike, and no two START companies have gone through the process in exactly the same way. The START process is designed to be flexible enough to “fit” virtually any company, and help the employer determine where they are in managing safety and health.
The list of Graduates and current Certified START employers continues to grow in WA (see below tab). For an inside look with an employer that recently went through the START certification process take a look at the video below!
START employers partner with L&I to improve their workplace safety culture and reduce hazards, illnesses and injuries. Here are some benefits of becoming a START participant.
- Reduce your worker compensation insurance premiums.
- Turnover is costly; increase worker retention.
- Reduce the number of missed workdays to keep your operations consistent and cost effective.
- Protect your workers from workplace health and safety hazards.
- Work with L&I experts to identify and implement safety/health best practices.
- Develop a custom injury and illness prevention program.
- In cooperation with workers, develop a safer and healthier work environment.
- Improve communications throughout all levels of your workplace.
- Spread the safety and health message and habits to the surrounding community.
- Receive recognition for achieving START status and for maintaining an exemplary injury and illness prevention program.
START Program Fact Sheet (F417-229-000)
Who can participate?
START is for employers with fewer than 250 workers at a single work site and fewer than 500 at all Washington worksites. Each START certified worksite must be in operation for at least a year and their injury/illness rate must be below the industry average. L&I manages the program.
How do I participate?
- Fill out a START commitment letter.
- Request a free full-service safety, health, and risk management consultations from your local L&I consultation office. These are provided at no charge to the employer.
- Involve employees in the consultation process.
- Correct all identified hazards.
- Maintain your company’s Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rate and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate below your industry’s national average.
- Agree to notify your local consultation office before changing working conditions or processes that could introduce new hazards.
Small businesses that achieve START status will participate in three certification cycles following initial approval. Certification will be granted upon verification that all START requirements continue to be met.
|Ameri-cell (Flax4Life) ||Ferndale||2018|
|Blue Heron Properties||Ferndale||2019|
|Elite Construction & Development, LLC ||Pasco||2022|
|Franz Farms LTD||Lind||2023|
|Gordon Truck Centers (Freightliner) ||Mt. Vernon||2021|
|Harris Rebar Columbia Basin||Burbank||2023|
|Intefor (CedarPrime) ||Sumas||2019|
|Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. ||Aberdeen||2022|
|Pape’ Material Handling ||Yakima||2019|
|Port of Bellingham (Blaine Marina)||Blaine||2020|
|Robertson & Olson Construction ||Vancouver||2023|
|Tidal Vision Products Inc||Bellingham||2022|
|Papé Machinery, Inc.||Kelso||2016|
|Henningsen Cold Storage||Richland||2018|
|RAM Construction ||Bellingham||2022|