Has the Department of Labor & Industries issued a citation to your company for an alleged workplace health or safety violation? Is your company under investigation for a possible citation?
Employer responsibility for health and safety
As an employer, you are responsible for health and safety at your workplace. Your responsibility sometimes extends beyond your own employees, covering other workers as well. These may include employees of subcontractors, leased or temporary employees, and others.
Labor & Industries has extensive regulations for workplace health and safety. Some industries, such as construction, are covered by specifically tailored regulations. Many others do not have industry-specific regulations; they, however, must comply with more general regulations. Even if Labor & Industries has not adopted a regulation, the law places upon employers a general duty to provide their employees with a healthy and safe workplace.
As an employer, you need to know the regulations and duties that apply to you. You need to understand the health and safety hazards that exist in your workplace and adopt feasible means to eliminate or reduce those hazards. Ignorance is not a defense.