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Morbid minds want to know: two L&I industrial hygienists share death-care industry tales

Apprenticeship proclamation

Two industrial hygienists at Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries are captivating audiences with tales of mortuaries, crematoriums and graveyards. Though they’re far from Morticia Addams and Lilly Munster, Eva Glosson and Kat Gregersen entertained a room full of other hygienists by sharing their interest in the death care industry.





Number of apprentices in the state reach new record

Apprenticeship proclamationWashington has a new all-time record for the number of people participating in registered apprenticeship programs in the state: 18,947.

The total was reached in late October, according to the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The previous record was 18,379 participants reached in early 2008...





Use L&I’s Secure Message Center for added email security

Email Security Icon Email safety is a hot topic. Scam artists and identity thieves are getting better every day in their quest to steal your personal information.

A phishing email is one designed to look as if it comes from a trusted source, but instead tries to steal your social security number, address, banking information and date of birth...






A prescription for success: UW focused on workplace safety and made it work

Happy workers Cleaning crews are the unsung heroes of our office buildings. Long after we've gone home for the day, they go about the task of cleaning up the messes that weve left behind.

Unfortunately, these workers are vulnerable to a wide range of injuries. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, janitors/custodians suffer more on-the-job injuries than construction laborers...




When Black Friday comes, hold the handrail

Hold the Handrail On Dec. 6, 2012, seven people were injured when an escalator malfunctioned in Macys at Bellevue Square. A Washington State Department of Labor & Industries investigation determined mechanical and maintenance issues caused it to break down.

L&I ordered both Macys and the service company, Schindler, to make repairs before the escalator went back into service. But you dont have to go back that far to see riding an escalator can be hazardous in Washington...



Influenza and the health of your business

Get the Flu Shot Flu season is coming up and its time for business owners to think about your most effective defense against a workplace flu outbreak - the yearly flu vaccination. Vaccinating your staff reduces absenteeism and health care expenses.

Its estimated that the flu costs the U.S. over $87 billion annually and is responsible for the loss of close to 17 million workdays each flu season...




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