As a business owner in Washington, it is crucial to be aware of the state’s occupational safety and health regulations. One such regulation is the requirement for all businesses, regardless of size, to have an Accident Prevention Program (APP). This program is designed to help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, and it is a legal requirement for all employers in the state.
While the specific requirements may vary by industry, generally, an APP is a formal written plan that contains a safety orientation, guidance related to identifying and evaluating hazards, information concerning the implementation of controls to reduce or eliminate hazards, and information related to training employees to recognize and avoid hazards. Employers are required to regularly review, supervise and enforce the AAP, and ensure that the APP is effective in practice.
In Washington, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is responsible for enforcing the APP requirement. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in penalties and fines to employers. However, having an APP is not only a legal requirement but also a good business practice. A safe and healthy workplace can help reduce employee injuries and illnesses, improve productivity and morale, and ultimately save money on insurance costs.
It is important to note that businesses in certain industries, such as construction and healthcare, may have additional requirements for their APPs. These industries have specific hazards and risks that require more extensive planning and training.
On May 3, 2023, Associated Industries will welcome individuals from L&I’s safety consultation services who will discuss APPs in more detail and provide important information for employers of all sizes. If you are unsure whether your business is compliant with Washington’s APP requirements or need help knowing where to start in putting together an effective program, please join us for this very informative webinar. Click here to learn more.
By taking steps to identify and eliminate workplace hazards, businesses can create a safer and healthier work environment for their employees and comply with state regulations.