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Washington State Plan

Washington State Plan

Washington State Plan

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Overview
  • Initial Approval: January 19, 1973
  • State Plan Certification: January 26, 1982
  • 18(e) Final Approval: N/A

The Washington State Plan is administered by the Department of Labor and Industries (DL&I), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). The main office is located in Tumwater, Washington.

Jurisdiction

The Washington State Plan applies to all state and local government and private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of federal government workers. Federal government workers, 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.

Unique State Plan Standards

DOSH has adopted all OSHA standards that would relate to state and local government and private sector workplace operations. DOSH has adopted most OSHA standards by reference. There are five state-specific standards in effect at this time:

  • Toxic Chemical Handling and Exposure
  • Agriculture
  • Child Labor
  • Heat Exposure
  • Noise Exposure
Enforcement Programs

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.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

DOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. DOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both state and local government and private sector - 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.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

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.

Contact Information

Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Division of Occupational Safety
  • 7273 Linderson Way SW
  • Tumwater, WA 98501-5414
  • Mailing Address:
  • P.O. Box 44600
  • Olympia, WA 98504-4600

  • Joel Sacks, Director, DOSH
  • Anne Soiza, Assistant Director, DOSH
  • Craig Blackwood, Deputy Assistant Director, DOSH
  • (360) 902-5494
  • (360) 902-5619
  • L&I Information:
  • 1-800-547-8367
  • Safety and Health Hot Line:
  • 1-800-4BE-SAFE or
  • 1-800-423-7233

Disclaimer

OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.

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