EH&S Safety News

Required Posting of Updated L&I Workplace Safety Posters
by Sherry Baron and Katia Harb

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has made changes to all three of the required workplace posters. These posters inform employees of their worker protection rights and are required to be posted at all times where employees can easily see them.   Typically, they are posted on a departmental safety bulletin board, in an employee break room, or a common area.

This year all three of the posters need to be replaced with the updated versions dated 12-2012. The posters are available at no cost and can be downloaded directly from the L&I Web site at Information about the posters and the major changes are shown below:



Major Changes

Notice to Employees If a Job Injury Occurs (PDF)

Outlines the steps a worker should take if a job-related injury or illness occurs. Also briefly describes the benefits available through Washington's workers' compensation system.

Please remember to fill in the fields on the bottom right hand side for reporting workplace injury and for emergency phone numbers.

  1. Information added about L&I’s new medical provider network.
  2. New ways to file a Report of Accident to L&I for worker’s compensation claims including online and by phone.

Job Safety and Health Law (PDF)

Describes important parts of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) which provides for job safety and health of Washington employees.

  1. New requirement that employers correct cited serious hazards during appeal or request a “stay” of abatement when they file an appeal.
  2. How workers can file a discrimination complaint if they believe their rights under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act have been violated.

Your Rights as a Worker in Washington (PDF)

Reviews workers' rights under Washington's wage-and-hour laws. Topics include minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest breaks, pay periods, deductions, and employment of teens under age 18. Also reviews family leave provisions under federal and state law, and leave for spouses of deploying military personnel and victims of domestic violence.

  1. How victims of human trafficking can get help.
  2. Some poster content rewritten for clarity.

Please contact Sherry Baron, Chemical and Occupational Safety Manager in the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) at 206.543.0297, or, if you have any questions or need additional information.

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