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Reviewed 07/2013

Employee Safety and Health

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Introduction

Local governments, like all employers, would be nothing without their employees. Employees provide services today and, through education, training and experience, can help meet the challenges of tomorrow. Employees represent a huge investment that needs to be protected from harm and peril, both because it is the right thing to do and it is required by federal and state law. Regulations have been developed by the federal government and the state to help protect the workforce from accidents and other dangers. This page references and links to those regulations.

Legal References

Safety and Health Programs, Guides, and Manuals

The following are examples of safety manuals and programs. The first two manuals, prepared by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, have been developed to reflect Washington laws and regulations. Those from other states, not surprisingly, relate to the laws and regulations from the other states. (Many of the regulations upon which the manuals are based reflect the same concerns reflected by Washington provisions and regulations and those adopted by OSHA.) Nevertheless, each of the documents provides useful information, procedures and forms that could be used in developing a local safety program. For the most part the manuals do not reference date of preparation; however, as they come from current, on-going websites, they likely reflect current requirements.

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