Temporary Worker Housing

Examples of acceptable housing:  camper trailer, house
Examples of Acceptable Housing

Hazard Prevention

If you provide temporary housing to your workers, you must follow specific and applicable Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) requirements to ensure safe and healthful living conditions in and around the residence, including the following:

  • Provide and maintain sufficient grounds and open areas
  • Provide utilities: electricity, lighting, water, toilet facilities, proper sewage disposal per local regulations
  • Provide facilities for cooking, eating, laundry, bathing, and hand washing
  • Maintain sanitary conditions including proper waste disposal and pest control
  • Provide first-aid facilities and trained persons; report communicable diseases

Like other businesses in Washington State, employers are required to develop and implement a written Accident Prevention Program (APP) to identify and evaluate possible safety and health hazards, and to find solutions that eliminate or control these hazards.

Prevention makes good business sense. Costs associated with on-the-job injuries and illnesses can be devastating to workers and businesses.

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