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 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.
- The Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative applies to hotels of 60 or more guest rooms, with additional provisions applying to large hotels of 100 or more guest rooms and requires hotel employers to provide increased safety protections for employees. See Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative.