The Washington State Plan is administered by the Department of Labor and Industries (DL&I), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). Its main office location is located in Tumwater, Washington.
The Washington State Plan applies to all public and private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of federal government employees. Federal government employees, including those employed by the United States Postal Service; private contractors on military reservations and national parks; floating maritime operations; tribal operations and tribal member employers on Indian Reservations and Trust Lands; and certain contractors within the boundary of the Hanford Reservation, the Hanford Reach National Monument not regulated by Department of Energy, or the state of Washington, are covered by OSHA.
DOSH has adopted all OSHA standards that would relate to public and private sector employer operations. DOSH incorporates federal standards by reference. Therefore, the state and federal standards are identical. DOSH has adopted the following unique standards:
DOSH compliance is responsible for the enforcement of DOSH safety and health standards and utilizes the DOSH Compliance Manual to provide guidance for the enforcement program. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of DOSH regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Washington can be found on the Washington State Plan website.
DOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. DOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both public and private - comply with DOSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Washington State Plan website.
DOSH conducts informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. The Washington Independent Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA) hears and rules on appeals from citations, notifications, and penalties issued by Washington OSHA's enforcement unit. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Washington State Plan website.
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