HR and Workplace Safety: Washington
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Leanne Coffman
- Washington has a federally approved State Plan governing the safety and health of workers. See Washington Safety and Health.
- Washington has created safety standards that are more protective than federal standards. See Additional State-Specific Compliance Requirements.
- The state lists additional reporting requirements apart from the federal requirements. See Additional State-Specific Compliance Requirements.
- Washington has a three-year statute of limitations for individuals to sue for personal injuries. See Statute of Limitations.
- Washington provides protections for employees working outside and exposed to heat. See Outdoor Heat Exposure Protections.
- The Health Emergency Labor Standards Act includes notification and reporting requirements during a public health emergency. See The Health Emergency Labor Standards Act.
- There are sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention requirements for certain employers. See Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention for Isolated Workers
- Washington has several laws that restrict cell phone usage while operating a motor vehicle. See Driving Policies.
- Washington does not have specific civil rights laws that limits or prohibits drug testing in the workplace. However, employers should ensure testing is nondiscriminatory and does not violate workers' privacy. See Drug and Alcohol Testing as a Safety Measure.
- Seattle has requirements pertaining to the safety of hotel workers. See Local Requirements.