The plan identifies the Department of Labor and Industries as the State agency designated to
administer the plan throughout the State. It adopts the definition of occupational safety and health issues expressed in 1902.2(c)(1) of this chapter.
The plan contains a standards comparison of existing and proposed State standards with Federal standards. All standards, except those found in 29 CFR
Parts 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918 (ship repairing, shipbuilding, shipbreaking and longshoring) will be adopted and enforced after public hearings
within 1 year after the standards are found to be at least as effective by the Secretary of Labor.
The plan provides a description of personnel employed under a merit system; the coverage of
employees of political subdivisions, procedures for the development and promulgation of standards, including standards for protection of employees
against new and unforeseen hazards; and procedures for prompt restraint or elimination of imminent danger situations.
The plan includes proposed draft legislation to be considered by the Washington Legislature during
its 1973 legislative session creating a new chapter in Title 49, Revised Code of Washington and repealing existing provisions, to bring it into
conformity with the requirement of Part 1902. Under the proposed legislation the Department of Labor and Industries will have full authority to
enforce and administer laws respecting safety and health of employees in all workplaces of the State. The legislation further proposes to bring the
State into conformity in areas such as variances and protection of employees from hazards.
The legislation is also intended to insure inspections in response to complaints; give employer and
employee representatives an opportunity to accompany inspectors in order to aid inspections; notification of employees or their representatives when
no compliance action is taken as a result of alleged violations, including informal review; notification of employees of their protections and
obligations; protection of employees against discharge or discrimination in terms and conditions of employment; adequate safeguards to protect trade
secrets; provision for prompt notice to employers and employees of alleged violations of standards and abatement requirements; effective sanctions
against employers for violations of standards and orders; employer right of review to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and then to the
courts, and employee participation in review proceedings. The plan also proposes to develop a program to encourage voluntary compliance by employers
and employees, including provision for on-site consultations.
The plan includes a statement of the Governor's support for the legislation and a legal opinion from
the State attorney general that the legislation will meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and is consistent with
the Constitution and laws of Washington. The plan sets out goals and provides a timetable for bringing it into full conformity with Part 1902 upon
enactment of the proposed legislation.
The Washington plan includes the following documents as of the date of approval:
The plan description documents including draft legislation and appendices in two volumes;
Appendix 18, Standards Comparison;
Letter from William C. Jacobs, Director, Department of Labor and Industries to James W. Lake,
Regional Administrator, OSHA, August 11, 1972, submitting justifications for discretionary sanctions for serious violations and changing section 18(5)
of WISHA to conform to the mandatory civil penalty for posting violations under OSHA;
Letter from John E. Hillier, Supervisor of Safety, Department of Labor and Industries to Thomas C.
Brown, Director, Office of Federal and State Operations, August 19, 1972, submitting justifications on the sanction system and the review procedure in
the Washington plan;
Letter from William C. Jacobs to Thomas C. Brown, September 19, 1972, justifying the sanction system
as proposed by Washington;
Letter from John E. Hillier to Thomas C. Brown, October 2, 1972, providing a detailed explanation of
the procedure for review of citations proposed by Washington;
Letter from Stephen C. Way, Assistant Attorney General to Thomas C. Brown, October 19, 1972,
clarifying several issues raised during the review process including revision in the draft legislation;
Letter from Stephen C. Way to the Assistant Secretary, January 5, 1973, clarifying most of the
remaining issues raised during the review process;
Letter from William C. Jacobs to the Assistant Secretary, January 12, 1973, revising the penalty
structure in the draft legislation.
The public comments will also be available for inspection and copying with the plan documents.