OSHA Requirements and Training Resources for Seattle WA
Who regulates worker safety in Seattle WA? The state of Washington operates an approved State OSHA Program (WISHA). Most employers required to provide their employees with OSHA training in Seattle WA are required to adhere to that agencies regulations. The Washington State Plan was approved in January, 1973. The Washington State Program received certification for completing all developmental steps in January, 1982.
WA State OSHA Training Regulations and Standards
The state of Washington has adopted a number of safety and health standards which have some significant differences from the federal counterparts. Most businesses and agencies required to conduct OSHA training in Seattle WA for their workers must comply with these rules. Examples include Washington’s rules for fall protection, respiratory protection, aerial lifts, and agriculture. DOSH has also adopted a number of state-initiated rules for which there are no federal counterparts, including requirements for written safety and health programs, and for safety committees.
As part of the DOSH Standards Innovations Project, Washington grouped a number of basic safety and health standards, necessary for most employers, into one code section (Chapter 296-800 WAC). These are referred to as Core Rules. The Core Rules include requirements for Safe Workplace (similar to the OSHA General Duty Clause), Accident Prevention Program, First Aid, PPE, Hazard Communication, Safety Bulletin Board/Poster, Lighting, Housekeeping, Sanitation, Environmental, Tobacco Smoke in the Office, Stairs and Railings, Floor Holes and Openings, Open-sided Floors, Workplace Structural Integrity, Basic Electrical Rules, Portable Fire Extinguishers, and Exit Routes and Employee Alarm Systems.
Please see the Washington Regulations section of the Washington State Plan website.
Authorized OSHA Trainers in Seattle
There is no official certification required to teach most OSHA training classes in Seattle. However, you must make certain that on site OSHA 10 or 30-hour training classes are conducted by a trainer who is officially authorized to conduct these OSHA courses. The trainer must first complete a series of OSHA trainer classes provided by one of the OSHA Education centers located around the country. You can confirm their status as a currently authorized OSHA Outreach trainer by asking to look at their credentials proving they completed the following trainer courses.
Construction industry trainers must successfully complete the OSHA 510 course, followed by the OSHA 500 course. This qualifies the trainer to conduct OSHA 10-hour construction training in Seattle and anywhere else in the state for a four-year period. The trainer is also authorized to conduct OSHA 30-hour construction training in Seattle and elsewhere in the state. To maintain their status as an authorized OSHA Outreach trainer for construction, they must complete the OSHA 502 trainer update course every four years.
General industry trainers must successfully complete the OSHA 511 course, followed by the OSHA 501 course. This qualifies the trainer to conduct OSHA 10-hour general industry training in Seattle and anywhere else in the state for a four-year period. The trainer is also authorized to conduct OSHA 30-hour general industry training in Seattle and elsewhere in the state. To maintain their status as an authorized OSHA Outreach trainer for general industry, they must complete the OSHA 503 trainer update course every four years.
Be assured that our trainers who conduct on-site OSHA training classes in Seattle are authorized OSHA Outreach trainers. Scroll down to see links to all of the on site OSHA training classes we conduct listed below.
Online OSHA 10 and 30-hour Training Courses Accepted in Seattle
There are also OSHA-authorized online 10 and 30-hour training courses available for construction and general industry. However, you must pay close attention, as only those course providers that are specifically authorized to provide these courses can issue trainees the official DOL / OSHA 10 or 30-hour wallet cards. There are plenty of imitators out there who use deceptive fine print and “too good to be true” pricing to sell you a course that is not OSHA authorized.
You can rest assured that the 10 and 30-hour online OSHA training courses offered on our website are authorized by OSHA, and are accepted in Seattle WA as well as in all other states and US territories.
Who has jurisdiction over OSHA training in Seattle WA? That depends on a couple of factors. The state of Washington exercises safety and health jurisdiction over most private sector employers in Seattle and the rest of the state of WA, and public sector employers except the federal government.
Federal OSHA exercises jurisdiction over employers not covered by the state of Washington, including civilian federal employees and private contractors on military reservations and national parks, floating maritime operations, the United States Postal Service, tribal operations and tribal member employers on Indian Reservations and Trust Lands, and certain contractors within the boundary of the Hanford Reservation or the Hanford Reach National Monument not regulated by DOE or the state of Washington.
Washington OSHA Information
The Washington State Program is administered by the Department of Labor and Industries (DL&I), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). The central office for DOSH is located in Tumwater, Washington:
State of Washington DOSH Headquarters
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
The Division also has various regional and field offices located throughout the state. Contact information for the state offices can be found on the contact page of the WISHA website.
Federal OSHA’s National Emergency Hotline telephone number is 1-800-321-OSHA.
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Disclaimer: This information was obtained from the Federal OSHA website. OSHA Training Services Inc. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond our control. Contact WISHA program staff directly to verify important information about OSHA training requirements in Seattle WA.