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 continue 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.
Employees have a right to safe and healthy work environment. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 49.17 prohibits employers from engaging in safety discrimination against employees. Workers have 90 days to file their complaint with L&I DOSH and/or with Federal OSHA. See Discrimination in the Workplace (wa.gov) for more information.
- L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 (Updated April 12, 2023)
- What employers need to do when an employee gets COVID-19
- How to Assess COVID-19 Hazards at Work mobile-friendly eTool
- COVID-19 Employee Training (PowerPoint training for employers to customize with their worksite-specific information) (Revised 5/18/2023)
Cleaning and Sanitization
Long Term Care Facilities
- Respiratory Protection Program for Long-Term Care Facilities (DOH) provides free fit-test training, online respirator medical evaluations, and other resources.
- Questions and Answers – Masking and Respirators:
- COVID-19: Airflow Patterns Matter - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
- Ventilation and Air Quality for Reducing Transmission of Airborne Illnesses
- Improve Workplace Ventilation to Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Transmission (Workplace Safety and Health Council YouTube video)
This policy provides guidance to L&I staff when enforcing the Washington Administrative Codes (WAC).
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Inspections in High-Hazard Industries NEP (DOSH Directive 2.80). Updated August 25, 2021.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Rules
Accident Prevention Program (APP)
- All industries, except Agriculture: WAC 296-800-140
- Agriculture: Chapter 296-307, WAC Part B
- Some industries have additional requirements. Search Safety & Health rules for all APP requirements
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- All industries, except Agriculture: WAC 296-800-160
- Agriculture: Chapter 296-307, WAC Part H
- Some industries have additional requirements. Search Safety & Health rules for PPE requirement
Reporting and Notifications
- 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 log. Chapter 296-27 WAC, Recordkeeping and Reporting