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All Safety Chapters

  • Chapter: 296-24

    General Safety and Health Standards

    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.

  • Chapter: 296-27

    Recordkeeping and Reporting

    Requirements for employers to record and report work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

  • Chapter: 296-32

    Telecommunications, safety standards for.

    Rules for employees working with telecommunication systems

  • Chapter: 296-36

    Compressed air work, Safety standards

    Rules for protecting workers when working with compressed air. 

  • Chapter: 296-37

    Commercial diving operations, standards for

    Rules for commercial diving operations

  • Chapter: 296-45

    Electrical workers, safety standards for

    Rule to protect workers when using electrical power generation, control, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment.

  • Chapter: 296-52

    Explosives, safety standards for the possession and handling of

    Covers all aspects of manufacture, possession, storage, selling, purchase, transportation, and use of explosives or blasting agents.

  • Chapter: 296-54

    Logging operations, Safety standards

    Rules for logging

  • Chapter: 296-56

    Longshore, Stevedore and Waterfront Related Operations

    Rules for longshore, stevedore and related waterfront operations.

  • Chapter: 296-59

    Ski area facilities and operations, Safety standards for

    Rules for ski areas

  • Chapter: 296-62

    General Occupational Health Standards

    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.

  • Chapter: 296-63

    Right-to-Know fee assessment.

    Rules for the department to assess and collect Right-to-Know fees.

  • Chapter: 296-65

    Asbestos removal and encapsulation

    Rules for certification of removers & testing.

  • Chapter: 296-67

    Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals, Safety standards for

    Rules for employers who have highly hazardous chemicals.

  • Chapter: 296-78

    Sawmills and woodworking operations, Safety standards for

    Rules for sawmills and woodworking operations

  • Chapter: 296-79

    Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills and converters, Safety standards for

    Rules for the pulp, paper, and paperboard mills.

  • Chapter: 296-99

    Grain handling facilities, Safety standards for

    Rules for all grain handling facilities including the waterfront dock areas at marine terminals.

  • Chapter: 296-115

    Charter boats, Safety requirements for

    Rules for charter boats not covered by the United States Coast Guard

  • Chapter: 296-155

    Construction, Safety Standards for

    Rules for the construction industry

  • Chapter: 296-301

    Textile industry, Safety standards for the

    Rules for the textile industry

  • Chapter: 296-303

    Laundry machinery and operations Safety standards for.

    Rules for laundries

  • Chapter: 296-304

    Ship repairing, shipbuilding and shipbreaking, Safety standards for

    Rules for shipyards, ship building and other similar operations

  • Chapter: 296-305

    Fire fighters, Safety standards for

    Rules for fire fighters.

  • Chapter: 296-307

    Agriculture, Safety standards for

    Safety rules for agriculture

  • Chapter: 296-360

    Discrimination, pursuant to RCW 49.17.160.

    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.

  • Chapter: 296-800

    Core Rules

    The basic safety and health rules needed by most employers in Washington State.

  • Chapter: 296-802

    Employee Medical and Exposure Records

    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.

  • Chapter: 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.

  • Chapter: 296-806

    Machine Safety

    This chapter applies if you have machines or machine operations in your workplace.

  • Chapter: 296-807

    Portable Power Tools

    This chapter applies to the tools and equipment shown in Table 1 of this chapter.

  • Chapter: 296-809

    Confined Spaces

    Protecting employees from occupational hazards related to permit-required confined spaces such as tanks, pits, or storage bins.

  • Chapter: 296-811

    Fire Brigades

    Applies to any workplace that chooses to establish a fire brigade.

  • Chapter: 296-817

    Hearing Loss Prevention (Noise)

    We are reviewing the hearing conservation rules, updating, and rewriting the rules for clarity, ease of use, and understanding.

  • Chapter: 296-818

    Abrasive Blasting

    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.

  • Chapter: 296-823

    Bloodborne Pathogens

    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).

  • Chapter: 296-824

    Emergency Response

    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.

  • Chapter: 296-826

    Anhydrous Ammonia

    Applies to employers who use, handle, store, distribute, or transport anhydrous ammonia.

  • Chapter: 296-828


    Applies to the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals.

  • Chapter: 296-829

    Helicopters Used as Lifting Machines

    Chapter 296-829 WAC applies to helicopters when used to carry loads, suspended with a cargo sling, powered hoist, or other attaching methods.

  • Chapter: 296-832

    Late Night Retail Worker Crime Prevention

    Crime protection requirements for a retail establishment operating between 11pm and 6am. (Does not include restaurants, hotels, taverns, or any lodging facilities)

  • Chapter: 296-833

    Temporary Worker Housing

    Rules for employers who provide or require their employees to live in temporary housing.

  • Chapter: 296-835

    Dip Tanks

    The requirements for guarding against the hazards of dip tanks.

  • Chapter: 296-840

    Crystalline Silica

    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 µg/m3) as an 8-hour TWA under any foreseeable conditions.

  • Chapter: 296-841

    Airborne Contaminants

    Applies to any workplace with potential or actual employee exposure to respiratory hazards

  • Chapter: 296-842


    Applies to all use of respirators at work.

  • Chapter: 296-843

    Hazardous Waste

    Rules for hazardous waste sites and operations.

  • Chapter: 296-848


    This chapter applies to all occupational exposure to inorganic arsenic.

  • Chapter: 296-849


    This chapter applies to all occupational exposure to benzene.

  • Chapter: 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.

  • Chapter: 296-855

    Ethylene Oxide

    Applies to all occupational exposure to ethylene oxide.

  • Chapter: 296-856


    Applies to all occupational exposure to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde includes formaldehyde gas, its solutions, and materials that release formaldehyde.

  • Chapter: 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

  • Chapter: 296-863

    Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks

    This chapter applies to powered industrial trucks that use electric motors or internal combustion engines.

  • Chapter: 296-864

    Split Rims

    Applies to the protection of employees who service split rim wheels and single-piece rim wheels used on large vehicles.

  • Chapter: 296-865

    Motor Vehicles

    Rules for safe care and use of motor vehicles and trailers

  • Chapter: 296-869

    Elevating Work Platforms

    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.

  • Chapter: 296-870

    Powered Platforms

    Covers permanent powered platform installations dedicated to interior or exterior building maintenance of a specific structure or group of structures.

  • Chapter: 296-874


    This chapter applies to suspended and supported scaffolds, including their supporting structures and anchorage points.

  • Chapter: 296-876

    Ladders, Portable and Fixed

    Applies to portable and fixed ladders, including job-made wooden ladders.

  • Chapter: 296-878

    Window Cleaning

    Safe window cleaning requirements.

  • Chapter: 296-880

    Unified Fall Protection

    Unified Safety Standards for Fall Protection, applicable to most industries. Effective 10/1/2020.

  • Chapter: 296-900

    Administrative Rules

    This chapter applies to the requirements and information regarding administration of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), chapter 49.17 RCW.

  • Chapter: 296-901

    Hazard Communication, Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

    Rules for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).