Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Safety & Health Video Library & Resource Center is operated by DOSH Consultation, Education and Outreach; Division of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

Introduction
I. What is the Department of Labor & Industries Video Library & Resource Center?
II. Who may use the Safety & Health Video Library & Resource Center?
III. Is there a charge?
IV. How do I sign up?
V. How do I schedule videos?
VI. How long may I keep videos?
VII. What if I keep videos past due?
VIII. What if I lose or damage videos?
IX. How do I return videos?
X. May I duplicate videos?

Important message
Some videos may contain code violations.
Many commercially produced safety and health videos are based on Federal OSHA standards. Federal OSHA standards may not be as stringent as the Washington State industrial safety and health standards. Every effort has been made by the library to evaluate the videos before purchasing them. Safety and health standards may have changed since the time of purchase. The user assumes the responsibility of previewing the videos before showing and using it with a knowledgeable instructor.

Occupational safety and health is a top priority of all persons who run businesses and work in Washington. By borrowing one or more of our programs to share with your employees, you can help fight the high cost of workplace accidents and illnesses. Our videos are provided to aid, instruct, inform, promote discussion, and promote a safe and healthy work environment to employers and employees in the state of Washington.


Introduction

I. What is the Department of Labor & Industries Video Library & Resource Center?

The Safety & Health Video Library & Resource Center is a service provided by DOSH Consultation, Education and Outreach division of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. It is the largest, most comprehensive and current safety training library in the nation, with over 1500 videos and DVDs and many viewable online. They cover a wide variety of subjects from accident prevention to workplace violence, reflecting the diversity of occupations in Washington. The collection is geared toward maintaining Washington's high standards in occupational safety and health with a mission to save lives and prevent injury or illness.

Library materials are available for loan in Washington State only. Vendor contact information is available on the website within each title's full description for those who wish to buy directly from the vendors. The library does not sell videos.

Library hours

Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you need to schedule videos, set up a free account, or get information about library services, you can reach us at the following:

For additional information or to speak with the video librarian, call 360-902-5453.


II. Who may use the Safety & Health Video Library & Resource Center?

The library is available to any employer or worker in the state of Washington. Accounts are established by individuals, not by businesses. There is no limit to accounts per business.

Videos are shipped only to physical addresses within the state of Washington.


III. Is there a charge?

There is no charge to borrow videos. However, customers must pay return shipping charges for videos borrowed.


IV. How do I sign up?

Become a borrower by filling out the borrower agreement form (F417-205-000) and then mail or fax your form to the video librarian. Your agreement will need to be updated every 5 years. A borrower ID number will be issued to you upon completion of the necessary forms.


V. How do I schedule videos?

When writing, faxing, or calling the Video Library, please do the following:

  • Have your borrower identification number ready.
  • Have a list of the videos you wish to show.
  • Indicate the date on which you wish to use the requested materials.
  • Include the item ID numbers for the requested materials.
  • It is helpful to include alternate titles and dates in case your first choice is not available. For a printable version, download the video reservation form (F417-206-000).

    Six-month feature

    You can schedule videos up to 6 months in advance.

    Advance notice

    Please give us 8 days notice before you want to show videos. The videos will arrive 1-2 business days before your show date.


    VI. How long may I keep videos?

    You can borrow up to 5 videos for 5 business days. The week loan begins with your show date, even though you will receive the videos several days before. Call us if you haven't received them by the day before your show date.


    VII. What if I keep videos past due?

    Videos must be returned on time!

    Call us for an extension before you are late returning the videos. Three late returns will result in immediate cancellation of borrowing privileges. Please return videos by traceable carrier. Also, please return phone call messages from us promptly.


    VIII. What if I lose or damage videos?

    Borrowers are responsible for the full replacement costs of any lost or damaged videos, including the shipping case, printed materials and collection fees.


    IX. How do I return videos?

    Many borrowers use United Parcel Service, Federal Express, or some other traceable carrier for return shipment. Others prefer the U.S. Postal Service Registered Mail.

    Whatever method used, it's imperative that it be TRACEABLE. If the video is late you must overnight it back to us, so that any future booking may be kept. Since the average replacement cost per video is $500, purchasing insurance is recommended but not required.

    We provide the return-shipping label. Turn over the shipping card on the box and you will find our preprinted return address on the back. It is important to fill out and return the packing list inside the shipping box.

    If returning by the U.S. Postal Service, you must use registered mail. The US Postal Service return address is:

    Department of Labor & Industries
    Safety and Health Video Library & Resource Center
    PO Box 44607
    Olympia, WA 98504-4607


    X. May I duplicate videos?

    Unless specifically noted in the catalog and on the materials themselves, all library materials are fully protected by copyright under Title 17 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

    Unauthorized duplication of copyrighted materials will result in immediate cancellation of borrowing privileges.

    Within the collection are a number of public domain video programs produced by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, state of Oregon, and the US Federal Department of Labor. These may be duplicated. Videos that may be duplicated are clearly marked. Otherwise, assume all videos are fully protected by the copyright law.

    The Safety & Health Video Library & Resource Center is just one of the ways the Washington Occupational Safety & Health Division helps Washingtonians work safely. For additional educational resources, check out L&I's Safety Training website.

    Thank you for using the Safety & Health Video Library & Resource Center!

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