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Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
1, 2-Dibromo- 3-chloropropane 296-62 07342 through 07346 Requirements for protecting employees from contact with 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane, a cancer-causing agent.
Abrasive Blasting 296-818 Applies to all abrasive blasting operations where an abrasive is forcibly applied to a surface using any of the following: Pneumatic pressure; Hydraulic pressure; Centrifugal force.
Accident Prevention 296-800 140 Requirements for your safety and health plan
Accident reporting and investigation 296-800 320 Rules about the reporting of a death or a hospitalization of any employee and investigating accidents.
Acrylonitrile 296-62 07336 through 7340 Requirements for protecting employees from contact with acrylonitrile, a cancer-causing agent.
Administrative Rules 296-900 This chapter applies to the requirements and information regarding administration of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), chapter 49.17 RCW.
A-frames 296-24 293 Rules for A-frames used for material handling.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Agriculture, Safety standards for 296-307 Safety rules for agriculture
Airborne Contaminants 296-841 Applies to any workplace with potential or actual employee exposure to respiratory hazards
Anhydrous Ammonia 296-826 Applies to employers who use, handle, store, distribute, or transport anhydrous ammonia.
Arsenic 296-848 This chapter applies to all occupational exposure to inorganic arsenic.
Asbestos removal and encapsulation. 296-65 Rules for certification of removers & testing.
Asbestos, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite 296-62 077 To protect employees from occupational exposure to Asbestos, Tremolite, Anthophyllite, and Actinolite.
Automatic sprinkler systems 296-24 56525 Requirements for automatic sprinkler systems
Benzene 296-849 This chapter applies to all occupational exposure to benzene.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Beryllium 296-850 This standard applies to occupational exposure to beryllium in all forms, compounds, and mixtures, except: (1) This standard does not apply to articles, as defined in chapter 296-901 WAC, Globally harmonized system for hazard communication, that contain beryllium and that the employer does not process. (2) This standard does not apply to materials containing less than 0.1% beryllium by weight where the employer has objective data demonstrating that employee exposure to beryllium will remain below the action level as an 8-hour TWA under any foreseeable conditions.
Bloodborne Pathogens 296-823 Provides requirements to protect employees from exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) that may contain bloodborne pathogens. Examples of bloodborne pathogens are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Butadiene 296-62 07460 Requirements for protecting employees from contact with Butadiene, a cancer-causing agent.
Cadmium 296-62 074 through 07451 Requirements for protecting employees from contact with Cadmium, a cancer-causing agent.
Carcinogens (General) 296-62 073 through 07316 General requirements for protecting employees from contact with known carcinogens (cancer causing agents).
Charter boats, Safety requirements for 296-115 Rules for charter boats not covered by the United States Coast Guard
Coke Ovens 296-62 200 To protect employees from occupational exposure to coke (carbonized coal) oven emissions.
Commercial diving operations, standards for 296-37 Rules for commercial diving operations
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Compressed Air Tools 296-807 140 This section applies to portable, hand-held compressed air powered tools. It also applies to airhose and plastic pipe used to supply compressed air to these tools.
Compressed air work, Safety standards 296-36 Rules for protecting workers when working with compressed air.
Compressed gas cylinders 296-24 920 through 940 Requirements for determining the safe condition of compressed gas cylinders under an employers control.
Compressed gases 296-24 295 through 325 General requirements for handling, storage and utilization of compressed gases. Also, contains specific requirements for: Acetylene; Hydrogen; Oxygen; Nitrous oxide
Confined Spaces 296-809 Protecting employees from occupational hazards related to permit-required confined spaces such as tanks, pits, or storage bins.
Construction, Safety Standards for 296-155 Rules for the construction industry
Conveyors 296-806 420 Applies to hazards related to conveyors and conveying systems, including bulk material, package, or unit handling types. These requirements are designed to protect employees operating, maintaining, cleaning, and working around conveyors.
Core Rules 296-800 The basic safety and health rules needed by most employers in Washington State.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Cotton Dust 296-62 14533 through 14543 Protecting employees from occupational exposure to cotton dust.
Crawler locomotive and truck cranes 296-24 240 Rules for crawler locomotive and truck cranes
Crystalline Silica 296-840 This chapter applies to all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica, except for the following: (1) Where employee exposure results from the processing of sorptive clays. (2) Where documented objective data demonstrates that employee exposures to respirable crystalline silica will remain below 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air (25 g/m3) as an 8-hour TWA under any foreseeable conditions.
Derricks 296-24 245 Rules for derricks
Dip Tanks 296-835 The requirements for guarding against the hazards of dip tanks.
Discrimination, pursuant to RCW 49.17.160. 296-360 Rules that give direction to the department in enforcing RCW 49.17.160, ; Discrimination against employee filing complaint, instituting proceedings, or testifying prohibited -- Procedure -- Remedy.
Electrical 296-24 956 through 985 Requirements for safeguarding employees against electrical hazards in their workplace; Requirements for electric equipment and wiring in locations classified as hazardous.
Electrical workers, safety standards for 296-45 Rule to protect workers when using electrical power generation, control, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Electrical, Basic Requirements (Core Rules) 296-800 280 Basic rules for electrical
Elevating Work Platforms 296-869 Applies to the following types of elevating work platforms: Aerial lifts; Manually propelled elevating work platforms; Self-propelled elevating work platforms; Boom-supported elevating work platforms.
Emergency Response 296-824 To protect employees who work in emergency response operations for the releases or threat of releases of hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
Emergency Washing 296-800 15030 through 15040 Requirements for emergency showers, eye/face washing, hand-held drench hoses, or other similar units used in Agriculture
Employee emergency plans and fire prevention plans 296-24 567 Requirements for employee emergency plans and fire prevention plans
Employee Medical and Exposure Records 296-802 The purpose of this chapter is to provide employees and their designated representatives the right to access relevant medical and exposure records. It also describes the procedures WISHA will follow when accessing confidential medical information.
Ethylene Oxide 296-855 Applies to all occupational exposure to ethylene oxide.
Exit Routes and Employee Alarm Systems 296-800 310 Minimum requirements for exit routes and alarm systems.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Explosives, safety standards for the possession and handling of 296-52 Covers all aspects of manufacture, possession, storage, selling, purchase, transportation, and use of explosives or blasting agents.
Fall Restraint and Fall Arrest, Construction 296-155 24601 through 24624 Requirements for employers to provide and enforce the use of fall protection for employees in construction, alteration, repair, maintenance (including painting and decorating), demolition workplaces, and material handling
Fire alarm signaling systems 296-24 56527 Requirements for fire alarm signaling systems
Fire Brigades 296-811 Applies to any workplace that chooses to establish a fire brigade.
Fire extinguishers 296-800 300 Minimum requirements for portable fire extinguishers
Fire fighters, Safety standards for 296-305 Rules for fire fighters.
Fire suppression & detection 296-24 592 through 635 Requirements for fire suppression equipment: Standpipe and hose systems; Automatic sprinkler systems; Fixed extinguishing systems; General; Dry chemical; Gaseous agent; Water spray and foam; Fire detection systems.
First aid 296-800 150 Rules to make sure your employees get fast and effective first aid.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Flammables and combustibles 296-24 330 Requirements for safe handling, storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids.
Floor & wall openings & holes, guarding 296-24 750 Requirements for safeguarding walking & working surfaces, floor and wall openings and holes.
Floors 296-800 260 Rules for guarding holes and openings in floors
Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks 296-863 This chapter applies to powered industrial trucks that use electric motors or internal combustion engines.
Formaldehyde 296-856 Applies to all occupational exposure to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde includes formaldehyde gas, its solutions, and materials that release formaldehyde.
General Occupational Health Standards 296-62 The rules in this chapter are designed to protect the health of employees and help to create a healthy workplace by establishing requirements to control health hazards. Requirements for chemical hazard communication programs, workplace lighting levels and exposure records are in chapter 296-800 WAC, the safety and health core rules.
General Safety and Health Standards 296-24 Designed to protect the safety and health of employees by creating a healthy work environment by establishing requirements to control safety hazards in the workplace.
General Safety Standards - Purpose and Scope 296-24 003 through 012 Consolidation of all safety rules of general application for employers including organization, purpose, and definitions applicable to Chapter 24, General Safety and Health Rules
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Grain handling facilities, Safety standards for 296-99 Rules for all grain handling facilities including the waterfront dock areas at marine terminals.
Guardrails 296-24 75011 Railing, toeboards, and cover specifications.
Hazard Communication (Pre-GHS) 296-800 170 Rules to make sure employees understand and know the hazards of the chemicals they work with.
Note: This rule is being phased out and replaced with Chapter 296-901, WAC, "Hazard Communication and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)"
Hazard Communication, Globally Harmonized System (GHS) 296-901 Rules for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
Hazardous Drugs 296-62 500 through 50055 Provides minimum requirements for developing a hazardous drugs control program when occupational exposure to hazardous drugs is reasonably anticipated. It is designed to provide effective, assessment-based precautions to minimize or eliminate occupational exposure to hazardous drugs.
Hazardous Waste 296-843 Rules for hazardous waste sites and operations.
Hearing Loss Prevention (Noise) 296-817 We are reviewing the hearing conservation rules, updating, and rewriting the rules for clarity, ease of use, and understanding.
Helicopters Used as Lifting Machines 296-829 Chapter 296-829 WAC applies to helicopters when used to carry loads, suspended with a cargo sling, powered hoist, or other attaching methods.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Hexavalent Chromium 296-62 08003 through 08029 Applies to occupational exposures to chromium (VI) in all forms and compounds in general industry; construction; shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring, with some exceptions
Hoists 296-24 237 Rules for the construction, use and maintenance of chain and electric hoists; Rules for air hoists
Housekeeping 296-800 220 Rules for housekeeping, drainage and storage
Jacks 296-807 170 This section applies to portable hand- or power-operated: Hydraulic jacks; Mechanical ratchet jacks; Mechanical screw jacks.
Labs 296-828 Applies to the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals.
Ladders, Portable and Fixed 296-876 Applies to portable and fixed ladders, including job-made wooden ladders.
Late Night Retail Worker Crime Prevention 296-832 Crime protection requirements for a retail establishment operating between 11pm and 6am. (Does not include restaurants, hotels, taverns, or any lodging facilities)
Laundry machinery and operations Safety standards for. 296-303 Rules for laundries
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Lead 296-62 07521 Specific requirements for protecting employees from occupational chemical exposure to lead.
Lighting 296-800 210 Minimum requirements for lighting
Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) 296-24 475 To protect employees against the hazards of storing and handling liquefied petroleum gases through design, construction, location, and installation and operation requirements.
Lockout/Tagout 296-803 This chapter applies to the service and maintenance of machines and equipment, including piping systems, if employees could be injured by the: unexpected energization or start up of the machine or equipment or release of stored energy.
Logging operations, Safety standards 296-54 Rules for logging
Longshore, Stevedore and Waterfront Related Operations 296-56 Rules for longshore, stevedore and related waterfront operations.
Machine Safety 296-806 This chapter applies if you have machines or machine operations in your workplace.
Material Safety Data Sheets and Label Preparation 296-839 This chapter sets minimum requirements for content and distribution of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and labels for hazardous chemicals.
Note: This rule is being phased out and replaced with Chapter 296-901, WAC, "Hazard Communication and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)"
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Methylene Chloride 296-62 07450 through 07477 Requirements for protecting employees from contact with Methylene chloride a cancer-causing agent.
Methylenedianiline 296-62 076 Specific requirements for protecting employees from occupational chemical exposure to Methylenedianiline.
Motor Vehicles 296-865 Rules for safe care and use of motor vehicles and trailers
Non-Ionizing Radiation Hazards 296-62 09005 Requirements to protect workers from exposure to hazardous levels of nonionizing radiation.
Occupational Health - General Information 296-62 005 through 050 General information for Chapter 62
Open area guarding 296-24 21513 Requirements to make sure that covers and/or guardrails are provided for open pits, tanks, vats, ditches, etc.
Outdoor Heat Exposure (Heat Stress) 296-62 095 Requirements for protection of workers from outdoor heat exposure.
Overhead and gantry cranes 296-24 235 Rules for overhead and gantry cranes
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Personal protective equipment (PPE) 296-800 160 Minimum requirements for personal protective equipment
Portable Power Tools 296-807 This chapter applies to the tools and equipment shown in Table 1 of this chapter.
Powder Actuated Fastening Systems 296-807 150 This section applies to any powder actuated fastening system designed to use the expanding gases from a powder load to propel a stud, pin, fastener, or other object into hard structural material.
Power Lawnmowers 296-807 160
Powered Platforms 296-870 Covers permanent powered platform installations dedicated to interior or exterior building maintenance of a specific structure or group of structures.
Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals, Safety standards for 296-67 Rules for employers who have highly hazardous chemicals.
Protecting sources 296-800 340 Tells who and how the department protects sources who report occupational safety and health concerns
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills and converters, Safety standards for 296-79 Rules for the pulp, paper, and paperboard mills.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Railroads 296-860 Requirements for railroad clearances and walkways in rail yards and plants including logging railroad yards such as mill yards, maintenance yards and sorting yards
Recordkeeping and Reporting 296-27 Requirements for employers to record and report work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
Releasing accident investigation reports 296-800 330 Rules telling what and how the department will release information in their accident investigation reports
Respirators 296-842 Applies to all use of respirators at work.
Rigging 296-24 294 Rules for all types of rigging including slings.
Right-to-Know fee assessment. 296-63 Rules for the department to assess and collect Right-to-Know fees.
Rolling railroad cars 296-24 21511 Rules for working with rolling railroad cars
Safety Bulletin Board 296-800 190 Rule for having a safety bulletin board.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Safety committees/meeting 296-800 130 Rules for your safety committee or safety meetings
Sanitation 296-800 230 Rules for drinking water, bathrooms, washing facilities and waste disposal.
Sawmills and woodworking operations, Safety standards for 296-78 Rules for sawmills and woodworking operations
Scaffolds 296-874 This chapter applies to suspended and supported scaffolds, including their supporting structures and anchorage points.
Ship repairing, shipbuilding and shipbreaking, Safety standards for 296-304 Rules for shipyards, ship building and other similar operations
Ski area facilities and operations, Safety standards for 296-59 Rules for ski areas
Split Rims 296-864 Applies to the protection of employees who service split rim wheels and single-piece rim wheels used on large vehicles.
Spray Finishing 296-24 370 Rules that apply to spray finishing operations that use flammable and combustible material
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Stairs 296-800 250 Minimum requirements for stairs and stair railings
Stairs, Fixed Stairs 296-24 765 Requirements for design, location, and safeguarding of fixed stairways.
Steam Piping 296-24 73511 Requirements for safeguarding of steam pipes.
Structural integrity 296-800 270 Rules for the minimum requirements for workplace structural integrity
Telecommunications, safety standards for. 296-32 Rules for employees working with telecommunication systems
Temporary Worker Housing 296-833 Rules for employers who provide or require their employees to live in temporary housing.
Textile industry, Safety standards for the 296-301 Rules for the textile industry
Thiram 296-62 07519 Specific requirements for protecting employees from occupational chemical exposure to Thiram.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
Tobacco Smoke 296-800 240 Rules for environmental tobacco smoke.
Trade Secrets 296-816 This chapter applies to both withholding trade secret information from material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and employee exposure records; and providing trade secret information in medical emergencies and nonemergency situations.
Trade Secrets (Agriculture Only) 296-62 053 Requirements for employer protection of trade secrets. The requirements in WAC 296-62-05305 through 296-62-05325 apply only to agriculture. The requirements for all other industries relating to trade secrets have been moved to chapter 296-816 WAC, Protecting trade secrets.
Use of Mechanical Equipment and Clearance limits 296-24 21501 Allows for safe clearances when using mechanical equipment for material handling
Vinyl chloride 296-62 07329 Requirements for protecting employees from contact with vinyl chloride, a cancer-causing agent.
Walking Working Surfaces 296-24 735 through 73511 Safety and health standards for walking-working surfaces.
Welding, Cutting and Brazing 296-24 680 through 722 To protect employees from the workplace hazards of welding, cutting and brazing and welding gases.
Window Cleaning 296-878 Safe window cleaning requirements.
Rule Title/Topic Chapter Section Scope of Rule
WISHA Poster 296-800 200 Rule for having and posting a Job Safety & Health Poster

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