COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 is still a recognized workplace hazard that employers must address. In addition to meeting requirements and following guidance for keeping workers safe, employers covered by recordkeeping rules are required to record workplace injuries and illnesses (including work-related COVID-19 illnesses) on an OSHA 300 log.

Use the information and resources on this page to help keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have other specific questions on how you can maintain a safe and healthy workplace, contact a DOSH consultant near you.

Workplace Discrimination

It is against the law for any employer to take any adverse action such as firing or threats against a worker for exercising safety and health rights such as raising safety and health concerns to their employer, participating in union activities concerning safety and health matters, filing a safety and health complaint or participating in a DOSH investigation. Workers have 30 days to file their complaint with L&I DOSH and/or with Federal OSHA.

General Information Masks and respiratory protection

Masks & Face Coverings Resources

Respirator Program Resources

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Fit Testing

Industry- and Topic-Specific Resources

Agriculture

Cleanup and Sanitization

Health Care

Long Term Care Facilities

Schools

Ventilation

Working from home/Telecommuting

Requirements & Policies

Temporary Worker Housing Emergency Rule

L&I has adopted Additional requirements to protect occupants in temporary worker housing from 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure (WAC 296-307-16102). These emergency rules are effective 9/16/22 through 1/14/23.

DOSH Directives

These policies provide guidelines to L&I staff when enforcing WACs (Washington Administrative Codes).

Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Rules

Accident Prevention Program (APP)

Airborne Contaminants

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Reporting and Notifications

  • Public Health Emergency Reporting and Notification Requirements for Infectious and Contagious Diseases, WAC 296-62-600 (Effective 8/4/2022 through 12/2/2022)
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting - Employers covered by recordkeeping rules are required to record workplace injuries and illnesses (including work-related COVID-19 illnesses) on an OSHA 300 logFind requirements and resources on the OSHA 300 Log page.

Respirators/Respiratory Protection