Today's News

WA businesses told to fix hazards while they appeal (4/19)

April 19, 2011
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+


Companies in Washington state cited for hazardous work conditions will no longer be able to continue with business as usual while in the process of appealing citations, under signed into law last week by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire. Senate Bill 5068 requires businesses to correct serious safety violations – and the hazards they pose -- before their appeals are resolved.

The change, an amendment to the 1973 Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), heralds a “significant improvement” for worker safety, according to Michael Silverstein, assistant director of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries, the agency that issues citations. "This allows us to ensure that hazards are corrected even as we continue discussions with employers who may disagree with our citations," he said.

Oregon is the only other state with such a provision.

Previously, businesses in Washington who appealed a L&I citation for a serious workplace violation didn’t have to correct the hazard involved until the appeal was resolved – a process that can take months and, in some cases, years.

The L&I cites a recent analysis by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which found that between 1999 and 2009, fatalities occurred at 30 worksites where the appeal process was underway. One company was cited in 2006 for several serious violations after a worker suffered lead poisoning. The company appealed and did not correct the hazards during the appeal process. The citation was ultimately upheld, but not before a second worker also suffered lead poisoning.

Under the bill, employers can seek a stay to the requirement, with such requests receiving an expedited review.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN1014_cover.jpg

2014 October

This issue features articles about PPE safety and OSHA standards

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.