OSHA Requirements and Training Resources for Tacoma WA
The state of Washington operates an approved State OSHA Program (WISHA). The Washington State Plan was approved in January, 1973. The Washington State Program received certification for completing all developmental steps in January, 1982.
WA OSHA training Regulations and Standards
Over the years, the state of Washington has adopted a number of safety and health standards which have some significant differences from the federal counterparts. 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.
The state of Washington exercises safety and health jurisdiction over most private sector employers in Tacoma 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 central toll free telephone number for the state is 1-800-423-7233. 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 Tacoma WA.