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Registration Now Open for 64th Annual Governor's Industrial Safety & Health Conference (etouches.com)

This year's conference will be held October 7 and 8, 2015, at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

Video streaming now available

We now have over 100 hazard awareness and training videos available for direct viewing on-line. Find out more on our video library page.

Reporting Requirements updated

In addition to fatality and in-patient hospitalizations, all employer must now report any amputation or loss of an eye. For more information, read our updated topic page.

Safety & Health grant cycle is currently open until October 30, 2015.

The Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) Program funds grants that seek to prevent workplace injury, illness, and fatality in Washington workplaces through cooperation of employers and employees or their representatives. The Return-to-work grant cycle is open until further notice. Check the SHIP Grant page for more information.

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Other Important News and Updates

Firing Range hazards

Find out about hazards at gun ranges, both to workers and to customers who are there to practice shooting. (September 21, 2015)

2016 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar – Safety and Health Never Goes Out of Style

This calendar features vintage posters that emphasize the Division of Occupational Safety & Health's goal which is to Focus on FACTS. You can pick up a copy directly from your local L&I office. The calendars are free to Washington State businesses while supplies last. Limited quantities are available. (September 21, 2015)

Construction Safety Checklist

Download this updated checklist to help you find and fix hazards at your jobsites. (September 21, 2015)

Autumn Seasonal Safety

Find out more about hazards encountered while working during the Autumn season on our updated topic page. (September 21, 2015)

DOSH penalty calculations rulemaking

The new penalty calculations took effect September 1, 2015. Learn about changes to how penalties are calculated and why these changes are happening. (September 8, 2015)

New Fact Sheet - International Travel for Work

Do you or your employees travel internationally for work?  This fact sheet provides resources to prevent or reduce those risks as well as steps to take if you become ill or get hurt when traveling abroad. (September 8, 2015)

Injury and Illness recordkeeping Requirements updated

Some additional industries/businesses must now record workplace injuries and illnesses on an OSHA 300 log. Learn about these changes and if your business is required to keep the OSHA 300 log on our updated topic page. (September 8, 2015)

New publication: Agriculture Safety and Health Pocket Guide

This easy reference guide provides information on safety and health hazards and accident prevention practices for many aspects of agricultural work. It is printed on water-resistant paper for use in the field by workers and employers in the state of Washington to help them work safely and be in compliance with state regulations. (August 6, 2015)

Updated publication: Forklift Safety Guide

Contains general information about common forklifts and powered-industrial trucks, lifting and moving heavy loads safely, operator training, safety rules, carbon monoxide and service and maintenance. (August 6, 2015)

New rule activity

Read about updates to Safety & Health rules. Attend a public hearing or share your comments.


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New and updated topic pages

Browse our comprehensive list of safety & health information by topic to find new resources on topics including, Nail salons, Dentistry, Temporary worker housing, Guardrails, Slips, trips and falls, and more. (August 6, 2015)

Outdoor Heat Exposure

The outdoor heat exposure rules are effective May 1 through September 30 every year, when exposures are at or above a specific temperature. Find information and resources for keeping workers safe and working outdoors when the temperature rises on our Outdoor Heat Exposure topic page. (August 6, 2015)

Summer safety

Read about typical summer workplace dangers, including working outdoors, heat exposure, and driving safety in our updated topic page. (July 10, 2015)

Request a Free Consultation -- Now available online!

Labor & Industries can provide your company with no-charge safety & health or risk management consultation. You can now complete your request online. (June 26, 2015)

New Safety publications translated into Spanish

Pocket Guide to Worker RightsEmployer's Guide to the Hazard Communication Rule and Workers' Guide to Hazardous Chemicals now available in Spanish. (June 26, 2015)

2015 Construction Safety Day keynote presentation slides (677 KB PDF)

View data, trends and statistics about Construction-workplace-related fatalities and hospitalizations, learn about prevention measures, and follow some upcoming rule changes. (May 8, 2015)

New Hazard Alert: Bowling Pin-Setting Machine Hazards (244 KB PDF)

Read about how to protect workers from Pin-Setting Hazards in our new Hazard Alert. (April 6, 2015)

2015 Prevent Falls in Construction Safety Stand-Down

This year's Safety Stand-Down campaign focuses on falls in construction. Find resources to keep workers safe on our new page. (May 1, 2015)

2015 Worker Memorial Day - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Attend the Worker Memorial Day ceremony at L&I headquarters in Tumwater to honor those who have died in the previous year from job-related injuries or illnesses.(April 1, 2015)

Washington State Top 25 Hazardous Industries, 2008 to 2012

A new publication with a summary of occupational injury and illness data, including safety and health violations cited, by the top 25 hazardous industries for the five-year period 2008 to 2012. (March 12, 2015)

L&I's Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) program publications are now searchable.

Find SHARP publications by Hazard, Industry, Project, Publication Type, Title, Author, and Year Issued in our updated publications database page. (February 23, 2015)

Q&A: Emergency Washing Requirements for Pesticide Handlers

This new fact sheet answers questions about emergency washing requirements for pesticide handlers. It includes information about when emergency washing is required, how much water is necessary, emergency eyewash, access to water in remote areas and more. (January 26, 2015)

2015 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar – Preventing Sprains and Strains now available

2015 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar – "Prevention Sprains and Strains Washington's Leading Workplace Injury," the Department of Labor & Industries' 2015 workplace calendar, is now available. Find more resources to prevent sprains and strains here. (January 26, 2015)

The Dangers of Spraying Ignitable Liquids - New Hazard Alert at Construction Sites (162 KB PDF)

Information for painters, general contractors, and site superintendents to prevent explosions, fires, and inhalation hazards on work sites. (January 5, 2015)

Marijuana Industry Safety & Health

Learn about workplace hazards and how to prevent them in the marijuana production, processing and retail industry. (December 8, 2014)

New and Updated Topic Pages

Find updated information and resources on the following topics: Distracted Walking, Abrasive Wheels, Personnel Hoisting and Personnel Platforms, Silica, and Tractor Safety. (December 8, 2014)


Learn about potential exposure hazards and precautionary measures to keep employees safe and working.(December 8, 2014)

Winter Safety

Find resources to help deal with common workplace hazards during the winter season on our updated page. (January 26, 2015)

Retail Holiday Safety

Is your workplace ready for holidays and the hazards that go along with big storewide sales events? Include worker safety in your preparations for holiday crowds, decorating, and big sale events. Read more on our new topic page. (November 17, 2014)

Fall Hazards: Standing Walls - Highlights of Fall Protection Requirements

Learn about fall hazards workers are exposed to while framing, erecting and raising walls without using fall protection in this new fact sheet (November 10, 2014)

Escalators and Elevators

Find resources and information about how to keep workers free from injuries when using and maintaining escalators and elevators on our new topic page. (November 10, 2014)

New Hazard Alert: Electrical hazards in the Telecommunication Industry (129 KB PDF)

Read about how to protect workers from electrical hazards on telecommunication job sites in the new Hazard Alert. (November 10, 2014)

Pocket Guide to Worker Rights (F101-165-000)

A new publication to help workers understand their rights in Washington State. (October 13, 2014)

Employer's Guide to the Hazard Communication Rule (F413-012-000)

Revised to include updated information for Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This will be available in Spanish in late 2014.  (October 13, 2014)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Employers must provide and ensure effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees. Specific requirements and resources for various industries, activities, and hazards can be found on L&I's updated PPE Topic page. (October 1, 2014)

Tree Care Industry Safety & Health

Learn about hazards and how to prevent them in this new Industry page. (September 29, 2014)

Rigging Safety: Construction Rigging Requirements (F417-253-000)

New fact sheet on how to correctly and safety rig loads on construction job sites to prevent falling material, property damage and equipment failure or tip over. (September 29, 2014)

Eye on Safety

Workers in Washington continue to be seriously injured by slips, trips & falls, sprains & strains, and machinery. Visit our new Eye on Safety page for short videos to be aware of hazards and how to prevent them. September 1, 2014

Safety and health grant acceptance period now open

A new round of safety and health grants will be open until October 31, 2014. Learn more on our SHIP Grants page. (August 21, 2014)

New and improved Safety & Health Web content

Take a few moments and explore our new structure and features like "How do I..." and other updated content. (August 1, 2014)

Alert: Leg Cut While Wearing Kevlar Safety Inserts (131 KB PDF)

Read about the serious safety hazards associated with kevlar inserts and how to work safely. (July 28, 2014)

Alert: Truck-mounted Bark and Mulch Blowers Can Kill (285 KB PDF)

Read about the serious safety hazards associated with this equipment and how to work safely. (July 28, 2014)

Bicycle Safety: Delivery, couriers, and messengers (F417-250-000)

Read this new publication to find ways to keep bicycle delivery workers safe and working. (July 7, 2014)

Outdoor Heat Exposure

The outdoor heat exposure rules are effective May 1 through September 30 every year, when exposures are at or above a specific temperature. Find information and resources for keeping workers safe and working outdoors when the temperature rises on our Outdoor Heat Exposure topic page. (June 9, 2014)

Ensure you and your workers are informed about hazard communication and the GHS labeling system

Find training materials and other resources on our GHS topic page. (June 2, 2014)

Several updated stickers available to order at no charge

Order stickers for minimum clearance around equipment used in logging & construction. Also available: "Put this Guard Back" stickers for machinery, in English and Spanish, in two sizes. (May 4, 2014)

Spanish version of "Fall Protection Basics for Construction Activities" booklet now available

This booklet provides an overview of revised fall protection rules and requirements for construction activities. (April 4, 2014)

Dry cleaning Safety & Health

New page for keeping workers safe and working in the dry cleaning industry, with a link to the hazard alert about 1-bromopropane (1-BP) (724 KB PDF). (March 24, 2014)

New Hazard Communication/GHS rules update online training

Learn about the new Hazard Communication/Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Standard requirements and how to use the new classification system to keep workers safe and working around hazardous chemicals. (April 21, 2014)

Worker Memorial Day - Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Join us in honoring those who have died in the previous year from job-related injuries or illnesses. (April 21, 2014)

Proposed amendments to Chapter 296-900 WAC administrative rules - penalty calculations

Attend an upcoming meeting and learn more about changes to penalty calcualtions in L&I rules. (February 7, 2014)

Two new hazard alerts: Hot oil burns and working too close to overhead power lines

L&I is noticing an increase in severe hot oil burn claims and has produced an alert to help reduce these injuries. In addition, L&I inspectors continue to see construction work being done too close to overhead power lines, putting workers at risk of electrocution. (January 27, 2014)

Electric Power Generation, Transmission, & Distribution Industry Safety & Health

New resource pages for the electric power industry to help keep employees safe and working. (January 6, 2014)

Ladder safety

Falls from ladders continue to be one of the most common sources of workplace injuries and hospitalizations in Washington. Learn how to improve safety on ladders in our updated topic page. (January 1, 2014)

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