Public Hearing for Respirable Crystaline Silica Permissible Exposure Limit: December 15, 2017

A public hearing will be held on December 15 regarding Washington L&I’s proposed update to Washington’s occupational health and safety rules to include a respirable crystalline silica permissible exposure limit.   The public comment period will end on December 22.  Read more from L&I.

The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. at:

Department of Labor & Industries Headquarters (Room S119)

7273 Linderson Way SW

Tumwater, WA  98501



Seven Fatal Construction Falls in Washington in 2017

Falls have accounted for seven fatalities on construction sites in Washington state so far this year.  Oregon-based Sayde Construction was recently fined over $115,000 for safety violations related to an April 2017 incident in north Clark County where a worker fell from a house nearly 20 feet to his death.  The most serious violations were related to fall protection, which Washington L&I believes would have prevented the fatal incident.

Read more from Washington L&I.

Construction Advisory Committee Meeting – July 19

Washington State L&I will host the next construction advisory committee meeting on July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at its Tukwila service location.  The meeting agenda can be found at the bottom of this message.

CAC Meeting Agenda 7-19-2017

Heat Safety Tips from Washington L&I for Outdoor Work

summer heatWashington State L&I provides a number of resources to help keep employees safe from heat related illness during the warm summer months:

L&I Outdoor Heat Exposure Page

Link to online video: Heat: A Dangerous Combination (available in English & Spanish)

OSHA-NISOH Heat Safety Tool app can be used to plan outdoor work based on the heat index throughout the day

Silica Stakeholder Meeting – June 8, 2017

The next silica stakeholder meeting will be held June 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the L&I Tukwila office.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (draft)

UPDATE: Respirable Crystalline Silica June 8 meeting slides

Medical Surveillance & Tuberculosis slides