Safety tip: how to avoid L&I citations

Jan 7, 2021
Written by wpengine

If a Labor & Industries compliance inspector ever pays an unannounced visit to your business, the first things they are going to ask you for are:

  • A copy of your accident prevention program
  • Notes from your safety meetings
  • If you regularly work with chemicals, your hazardous chemicals guidelines
  • Training records for topics including personal protective equipment, forklift operation, first aid and the like.
  • Any accident investigation reports.

A look at 2020’s top five reasons for citations explains why inspectors ask those questions. They were:

  • A lack of a hazardous chemical safety program
  • An outdated or missing accident prevention program
  • Missing or poorly documented notes from safety meetings
  • Lack of training or no use of personal protective equipment
  • Lack of trained first aid cardholders or expired cards

Each citation has adjustable dollar values assigned to them, and the fines can add up quickly especially if it is a repeat citation. Missing and incomplete items could lead to a broader investigation that could increase the total number of citations and fines significantly.

Please contact Rick Means, WR’s Director of Safety & Education, so you can address any shortcomings regarding these issues and avoid findings or fines before you get a visit from L&I. Most of them are unannounced.

Rick is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x118, or [email protected]