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2018 calendar cover: Three men wearing vests and hard hats inspecting a hops field.

Visit your local L&I office to get a copy of the free workplace safety & health calendar.

2018 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar Working Together to Keep Washington Safe and Working

The Department of Labor & Industries' 2018 workplace calendar is now available. This calendar features the diverse workplaces and partnerships that are so vital in making our state one of the safest in the country. Get a free calendar at your local L&I office.

2017 Governor's Safety & Health Conference - September 19-20 in Tacoma

Registration is still open, and will be available at the door for the annual workplace safety & health conference.

Summer Safety

Find resources to help deal with common workplace hazards during the summer season on our updated page.

Wildfire Smoke and Dust Masks at Work (254 KB PDF)

When smoke from wildfires enters your work environment you may have concerns about your comfort or health. Read about selecting the right kind of dust mask, and find tips for using it properly.

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Other Important News and Updates

New and Updated Topic Pages

We've added and updated several topic pages, including Forklifts, Pesticides, Ventilation for Airborne Hazards, and Hazard Communication (GHS). Find out more about the hazards associated with these topics and how to keep workers safe and working by viewing these resources. (September 11, 2017)

Outdoor Heat Exposure

The outdoor heat exposure rules are effective May 1 through Sept. 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. (September 11, 2017)

New publication and form for safety meetings, committees and crew meetings

Read our newest publication and learn about the requirements for holding safety meetings, safety committees, and crew meetings, get help with conducting an effective meeting, and find an optional Safety Meeting Notes form (also available in Spanish) that can be customized to your company’s needs. (September 11, 2017)

60 Seconds for Safety & Health -- Store Shooting

Watch the story of a convience store worker who was fatally shot, and learn how it could have been prevented. (September 11, 2017)

60 Seconds for Safety & Health -- Fall Through Skylight

Watch the story of how a worker's first job of the day became his last, and learn how it could have been prevented. (September 11, 2017)

60 Seconds for Safety & Health -- Fall from Roof

Watch the story of a worker's life-changing fall from a roof and learn how it could have been prevented. (July 24, 2017)

New rule activity

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

Variance Application Notices


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New Hazard Alerts

Read House Flipping And Asbestos (410 KB PDF) and Exploding Tanks During Metal Recycling (350 KB PDF) to learn about specific hazards and how to keep workers safe. (June 22, 2017)

Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 8-12, 2017

Join us May 8 – 12, 2017 for the Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls at Washington state's construction sites. Resources are available on our updated page to help you start planning now. (April 1, 2017)

New Safety Forms Available

The new forms include: Fall Protection Work Plan, Competent Person Evaluation - Fall Restraint & Fall Arrest, Logging Emergency Medical Plan, and Window Cleaning Service and Recovery Plan. (March 30, 2017)

WISHA 10 for Agriculture Train-the-Trainer Program schedule updated

The WISHA 10 for Agriculture is a no-cost Train-the-Trainer (TOT) Program within the agriculture industry. The next scheduled class runs from October 24-27, 2017 in Yakima. The participants that successfully complete this course will receive a WISHA 10 Certified Trainer Card and be authorized to conduct the WISHA 10 for Agriculture in the agriculture industry. (March 30, 2017)

Focus on FACTS

The FACTS represents the five main categories of hazards that are the most frequent causes of workplace injuries, occupational diseases, and death -- hazards such as: falls, struck by objects, mechanical moving parts, toxic chemicals, and heavy lifting. By focusing on these main categories employers and employees, can identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety & health hazards and find solutions to eliminate or control those hazards. (March 30, 2017)

Ladder Safety Guide now available

A new reference guide on safe ladder use and best practices for preventing accidents. Includes a checklist to put this information into action. (Feb. 9, 2017)

2017 Governor's Industrial Safety & Health Conference Date Change

The conference in Tacoma takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 19-20, 2017. Watch for registration and exhibit information in mid-2017. (Feb. 9, 2017)

2017 Workplace Safety and Health Calendar – Safety and Health Management Never Goes Out of Style

This calendar features vintage posters that focus on the importance of safety and health management in the workplace which can be a benefit to both employers and employees by reducing hazards that are the most frequent causes of workplace fatalities, serious injuries, and occupational diseases. 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. (Feb. 9, 2017)

Reminder: OSHA 300 Summary must be posted from February 1st through April 30th.

As of January, 2017, employers are required to electronically submit their injury/illness records to Federal OSHA for posting to the OSHA website. Learn more about the requirements and view our Recordkeeping & Reporting webcast on our updated topic page. (January 1, 2017)

Top-10 Rule Violations Page Updated

Now you can find information on the most common safety and health rules cited during L&I inspections for the agriculture industry. Find the most current information and resources to help you keep employees safe and working. (November 23, 2016)

Video streaming updated

We now have over 100 hazard awareness and training videos available for direct viewing online, including 6 new titles now available. Find out more on our video library page. (Nov. 23, 2016)

Recordkeeping and Reporting (OSHA 300 form) Webcast

Find training resources to get a head start on your end-of-year compilation of required OSHA 300 injury and illness reporting. (November 23, 2016)

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 and storewide events, such as "Black Friday" sales. (November 23, 2016)

Consultation Services (No-fee assistance)

Learn more about our no-fee safety and health, risk management, or strain/sprain prevention assistance in our updated Consultation brochure. (July 27, 2016)

Zika Virus

There is currently no risk for local transmission through mosquitoes. However, people who travel to and from areas where Zika is spreading can return with Zika illness. Learn more about Zika and how to protect workers from this virus. (June 3, 2016)

Keeping Janitors Safe (425 KB PDF)

Janitors have higher rates of injuries and compensable claim costs compared to other service workers. Find out how to control these costs and reduce common workplace hazards on our Keeping Janitors Safe fact sheet. (June 3, 2016)

The Road to Safety & Health Success

A quick video tour that gives a quick glance at the different types of free safety and health resources available on the L&I web site, including, publications, videos, online training, and topic pages. (June 3, 2016)

Quick Tips for Lifting

This publication was updated to visually explain proper lifting techniques for prevention of strain and sprain injuries. (June 3, 2016)

Safety Checklist for Dairy Farms

Created in partnership with the Washington Farm Bureau, the Washington State Dairy Federation, NW Justice Project, and United Farmworkers to help dairies find and track common workplace hazards and basic safety and health program requirements. (April 4, 2016)

Eye On Safety: Recordkeeping and Reporting Webcast

Do you know what to do if an employee is injured at your workplace in Washington State? Should you notify the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)? What is the OSHA 300 form, and do I need to use it? These questions and more are answered in our inaugural episode of Eye On Safety: Recordkeeping and Reporting. Learn all about the OSHA 300 form and about Recordkeeping and Reporting in this fun, fresh approach to workplace safety and health. Find an eLesson to dig deeper and see examples of how to fill out the form. REMINDER: OSHA 300 Log must be posted from February 1st through April 30th. (April 4, 2016)

Dairy Industry Safety & Health

Information on our new industry page can help dairy owners and workers identify and evaluate existing or potential safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, preventive methods, and required written safety and health programs. (January 29, 2016)

Updated Job Safety and Health Poster (F416-081-909)

All employers in Washington should have received from L&I a new required Job Safety and Health poster in October or November 2015. Employers should discard their old Job Safety and Health poster and replace it with the new one dated 09-2015. (January 7, 2016)

Winter Safety

Find resources to help deal with common workplace hazards during the winter season on our updated page. (January 7, 2016)

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