The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) recently issued new rules confirming existing workplace protections for temporary workers. The rules align with RCW 49.17.490, a Washington statute that already requires staffing agencies and worksite employers to comply with specific health and safety standards for temporary workers in manufacturing and construction industries. L&I’s rules (WAC Chapter 296-801) take effect on October 7, 2022.
Tips: Vigilant previously reported on the Washington legislation that established protections for temporary workers, effective July 25, 2021. L&I’s new rules don’t change your obligations, but having the rules on the books makes it easier for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to cite employers for safety violations. If you need help reviewing the site-specific safety training for your workplace or the general training documentation from a staffing agency, please contact your Vigilant safety professional. We'll let members know if L&I publishes further guidance.