DOSH Inspectors Have a New Enforcement Emphasis to Implement

April 18, 2016

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is implementing OSHA’s National Emphasis Program. The program is meant to identify machinery and equipment hazards likely to cause amputations. The overall goal is to minimize the number of deaths and permanent disabilities caused by these kinds of workplace hazards.

  • DOSH will be evaluating businesses using the following kinds of equipment:
  • Agricultural, garden machinery, balers
  • Aerial lift platforms
  • Benders, Rollers, and Shapers
  • Cranes
  • Casting Machinery
  • Conveyors – Belt, Chain, Live Roller, and Auger Screw Conveyors
  • Heating and cooking machinery and appliances
  • Drills – Stationary
  • Extruding Machinery
  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Grinders, Abraders, and Meat Grinders
  • Material and personnel handling machinery
  • Metal, woodworking, and special material machinery
  • Milling Machines
  • Mowing machinery
  • Mixers, Blenders, Whippers, Slicers, and Food Beverage Processing Equipment
  • Packing, Wrapping, Bundling Machinery
  • Plastic Injection Molding Machinery
  • Press Brakes
  • Presses – Mechanical, Hydraulic, and Pneumatic
  • Printing Presses
  • Sawing Machinery – Band, Table, Radial Arm Saws
  • Shears

Now is the time to make sure your safety efforts are in compliance and your team is educated on the importance of your company’s accident prevention plan and proper machine guarding. To read the directive in its entirety click here. For assistance getting your plans up-to-date or your team trained please call or email the safety specialist at Associated Industries. Call: 509.326.6885 or Email:

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