Safety Through Achieving Recognition Together (START)

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START: Safety Through Achieving Recognition Together

Learn how your business can achieve START status through a new program that recognizes occupational safety and health excellence and leads to a safer workplace, lower costs, improved morale, and community recognition.

Benefits for START companies:

  • Employers lower their costs.
  • Employees come home safe after work.
  • Employers and employees work together cooperatively.
  • Employers receive a comprehensive, no-charge safety and health consultation from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

And there’s more. Being a START work site:

  • Lets you establish a positive working relationship with L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
  • Gives you an exemption from routine inspections.
  • Helps establish a competitive advantage by being recognized as a safety-conscious company.
  • Leads to enhanced public recognition.

Program requirements

The START program is open to employers operating work sites in Washington State and is administered by the Department of Labor & Industries. Employers with fewer than 50 workers at a specific work site and not more than 250 at all work sites within Washington State are the primary focus for this program. Additionally, employers must be in operation for at least one year at the particular work site that is being considered for a START certification. The employer’s injury/illness rate for the preceding year must also be below their industry’s average for the location being considered for START.

What you need to do to participate:

  • Request a full service safety and health consultation from your local L & I Consultation office that will involve a comprehensive review of your company’s safety and health program;
  • Involve employees in the consultation process;
  • Submit a commitment letter (37 KB DOC);
  • Correct all hazards identified by the consultant;
  • Maintain your company’s Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rate and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate below the national average for your industry; and
  • Agree to notify your local consultation office prior to making any changes in the working conditions or processes that may introduce new hazards into the workplace.

START approval

Businesses that achieve START status will be approved for a period of one year initially with 2 additional renewals possible of 18 months than 24 months. Companies that successfully complete the final 24 months will be eligible for graduation from START.

START sites

Company Address City Number of Employees Certification Year
Cascade Sonoco, Inc. 4320 95th St. SW Ste C Lakewood 40 June, 2010
Papé Machinery, Inc. 2504 Talley Way Kelso 8 January, 2011
City of Anacortes Water Treatment Plant 14489 Riverbend Road Mt. Vernon 10 September, 2011
Henningsen Cold Storage 2025 Saint StreetRichland 25 January, 2014
Bayley Construction – Corporate Office 8005 SE 28th St Ste 100Mercer Island 40 January, 2014
Bayley Construction – Equipment Yard 13330 SE 30thBellevue 2 January, 2014

Other links

To learn more contact:

START Coordinator
Division of Occupational Safety and Health
Department of Labor & Industries


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