The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) transitioning to Division of Safety and Health (DOSH) requires employers to provide safe and healthful workplaces for all employees (including employees who work for the state, counties and cities). It gives the Department of Labor and Industries (L & I) the responsibility to establish and enforce workplace safety and health rules. These rules are the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). L & I’s Division of Safety and Health (DOSH) inspectors enforce WAC rules by inspecting workplaces without advance notice including investigations of work-related deaths, injuries, and employee’s complaints.
The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) can be found in Chapter 49.17 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). The primary obligation created by the statute is found in RCW 49.17.060, which states that “Each employer: (1) Shall furnish to each of his or her employees a place of employment free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause serious injury or death to his employees…; and (2) Shall comply with the rules, regulations, and orders promulgated under this chapter.”