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The Washington DOSH Naughty List: Insight into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program

By Jennifer Truong - on: Sep 20, 2018
For Washington state employers who have demonstrated indifference to their Washington Industrial and Safety and Health Act (WISHA) obligations, the Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) may add your company to Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), which can result in increased enforcement actions.[1] Whether or not your business is…

WSIA Webinar: Better Safe Than Sorry

By Reinisch Wilson Weier PC - on: Jan 13, 2016
Washington employers have been expressing alarm at the greatly increased amounts of some of the penalty citations L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) has been issuing recently, following the adoption last fall of an updated penalty matrix. To explain what’s going on, as well as explore best practices for avoiding and dealing with safety…

WISHA safety investigations: when to seek legal guidance

By Jennifer Truong - on: Oct 20, 2015
Part 2: Appeal process overview If your Washington company has just received a citation from the Department of Safety and Health (DOSH), what are your next steps? If you’re unsure what to do, be sure to appeal.[1] The date you receive the citation starts a strict appeal timeline. An appeal leaves you the most options…

WISHA safety investigations: when to seek legal guidance

By Jennifer Truong - on: Sep 03, 2015
Part 1:  Initial inspections If you are a Washington employer, you may find Washington Labor and Industry Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) representatives at your company site and ready to begin an inspection at any time. Do you have a plan for a DOSH visit and investigation? If you do, great—follow it! If…

Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health to increase WISHA penalties

By Jennifer Truong - on: Aug 20, 2015
Effective September 1, 2015, Washington employers will pay higher penalties for Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) citations. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changed its policies in October 2012, resulting in the penalty changes for WISHA. The new penalty calculation requires that the average penalty for serious violations (private sector employers…

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