Accident Prevention Program (APP)

Every employer in Washington State is required to create a written Accident Prevention Program (APP) to address the safety and health hazards found in their workplace. Many employers consider their APP as their cornerstone safety program.

Identifying hazards is the first step to creating an APP. Resources, like the Job Hazard Analysis or the Workplace Hazard Basics course, are available to help you with that task. Other tools include program templates that require customizing in order to meet requirements.

Depending on the hazards in your workplace, you may also need to create additional safety programs.

An APP will help you prevent costly workplace injuries and keep workers working.

Sample APP Templates

For most businesses, the General Industry or Small Business APP should meet the needs for you to comply with the APP requirements:

If your business has workers who work outside, you may also need to document your safety plan. You can use this template:

In addition, we also have sample templates for specific industries, which may have specific requirements.

If your specific industry isn't listed, use the General Industry APP English and change the title.



Accident Prevention Program (most employers) (WAC 296-800-140)
Construction APP (WAC 296-155-110)
Agriculture APP (WAC 296-307, Part B)
Fire Fighters APP (WAC 296-305-01505)
Logging APP (WAC 296-54-515)
Outdoor Heat Exposure (addendum to APP) WAC 296-62-09539

Videos, Training and Prevention


Training Materials


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Publications, Handouts, Checklists, Sample Programs