A safe workplace gets results and saves money
Employers with better injury records get better industrial insurance rates.
Computer Mfg./Assembly (lower-risk industry)
Employer with good safety record (0.50 EF) $0.20/hour per employee Employer with poor safety record (1.50 EF) $0.44/hour per employee
A difference of $885 a year for each full time worker.
Reduce your costs at no cost
No-fee workshops help you prevent workplace injuries and control workers' compensation costs
Residential Wood Framing (high-risk industry)
Employer with good safety record (0.50 EF) $1.52/hour per employee Employer with poor safety record (1.50 EF) $4.39/hour per employee
A difference of $5,743 a year for each full time worker.
Proof that safety pays
Consultation, Education and Outreach Program Department of Labor & Industries PO Box 44641 Olympia, WA 98504-4641
"I got free advice from L&I consultants who helped me comply rapidly and inexpensively. As a bonus, many of the suggestions have actually helped to lower my cost of production." Thomas J. Walz, President, Carbide Processors, Tacoma Other formats for persons with disabilities are available on request. Call 1-800-547-8367. TDD users, call 360-902-5797. L&I is an equal opportunity employer. PUBLICATION F416-036-000 [05-2009]
Partnering with employers and workers to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
Some of Our Workshops
Accident Investigation Basics Accident Prevention Programs Confined Space Hazard Awareness Developing Effective Safety Committees Employer's Introduction to L&I Introduction to Rates and Claims Management Office Ergonomics OSHA 300 Recordkeeping Outdoor Heat Exposure Preventing Back Injuries Respiratory Protection Program Basics
Register for Workshops Online
1. View workshop descriptions in this brochure. 2. Go to Workshops.Lni.wa.gov . 3. Select the workshops, dates and locations you want (no limit). 4. Select the "Register Online" link and fill out the registration form. 5. Press "Submit Workshop Registration" and you're done! OR register by phone: 1-800-574-2829
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Free Safety Consulting
L&I provides free safety consulting to more than 2,000 Washington companies each year! At your request, a safety and health consultant will come to your business and analyze your employee safety and accident prevention programs. You will be offered suggestions that could help save money on your industrial insurance costs. This service is provided at no cost to your company. For more information, visit: SafetyConsultants.Lni.wa.gov Your regional safety consultant also can bring L&I workshops to you if you have a large gathering of safety personnel at your company or industry association.
L&I Regional Safety Consultants
Have a large group? L&I will come to you!
Call your regional L&I safety consultant (see "Free Safety Consulting" inside this brochure for your local L&I consultant).
Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom counties 425-290-1431 or DRES235@Lni.wa.gov King County 206-515-2837/206-835-1146 or SOLT235@Lni.wa.gov Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Pierce counties 253-596-3917 or MAHA235@Lni.wa.gov Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum counties 360-902-5472 or COOR235@Lni.wa.gov Adams (west county), Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Okanogan, Walla Walla, Yakima 509-886-6570 or MCFJ235@Lni.wa.gov Adams (east county), Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln,Pend Orielle, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman 509-324-2543 or POAG235@Lni.wa.gov
L&I No-Fee Injury Prevention and Claims Control Workshops 2009
Accident Investigation Basics
The best way to prevent future accidents is to determine the root cause(s) of incidents as they occur and then make the changes necessary to correct the root cause(s). This workshop will provide participants with an overview of basic accident-investigation principles and introduce the concept of root-cause analysis (RCA), including:
Confined Space Hazard Awareness
This workshop is designed for those who work with confined space entry and evaluation. Participants will review the confined space standard (Chapter 296-809 WAC) and learn to identify common confined space hazards. Discussion topics include permits, air quality testing, ventilation, selecting personal protective equipment, and training employees. Participants also will receive checklists and a model permit-required entry program to help develop a written, site-specific program covering confined space entry. This workshop does not provide "competent person" or site-specific training.
This workshop provides an overview of musculoskeletal disorders, such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, and ergonomic concepts as they apply to offices. Participants will learn about:
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The body's response to workstation design. Problems related to office workstations. Tools to evaluate risks for cumulative trauma injuries. Strategies to help reduce office injuries.
Understanding the difference between an incident and an accident and why both should be investigated. How to develop a plan for investigating accidents and the steps to take when conducting accident investigations. What must be included in the accident-investigation report. The Washington State requirements for accident reporting and investigating.
OSHA 300 Recordkeeping
This workshop explains the recordkeeping requirements of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act). Participants will learn which types of injuries and illnesses are recordable under OSHA and how to make entries on OSHA/ WISHA recordkeeping forms. The session also covers the OSHA 300 posting requirements and the annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses.
Accident Prevention Programs
Washington state law requires employers to develop and implement a written safety program tailored to their work site hazards and needs. In this workshop, participants will learn about the elements of a written safety program, implementation strategies, and the benefits of an effective program. The workshop also covers common hazards, such as unguarded machinery, fall hazards and electrical hazards.
Developing Effective Safety Committees
Washington State law requires employers to either regularly conduct foreperson-crew safety meetings or to have in place a formal safety committee, depending on the size of the company. This workshop is designed primarily for employers who are required to have a safety committee. Participants will learn how to ensure the success of their safety committees and how a safety committee can assist in preventing injuries and controlling claims costs. It will include:
Outdoor Heat Exposure
The new Outdoor Heat Exposure rule, which became effective July 5, 2008, requires employers to train workers and supervisors to recognize heat-related illness, how to prevent it and to have a plan in place to respond to symptoms. This workshop will include a presentation on the requirements of the rule and how to prevent heat-related illness at work. Participants will also receive a sample employee/supervisor training program that can be adapted to a particular workplace.
Washington State requirements for conducting safety meetings and developing safety committees. The purpose, goals, and functions of a safety committee. The benefits to the employer and employees of having an effective safety committee. Why committees fail and strategies for success.
Preventing Back Injuries
This workshop focuses on the hazards of material-handling tasks and the role that ergonomics plays in reducing associated injuries. Participants will learn about the main cause of back injuries at work, how to identify risks in their own workplaces, and how to put solutions into place to prevent injuries. This workshop combines hands-on exercises and practice with analysis tools to teach the knowledge and skills needed to prevent this very common type of workplace injury. Participants will also learn how to reduce risks from lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling tasks, as well as slips, trips and falls. Note: This course was formerly called "Analyzing Lifting Tasks."
Safety Web site
Useful workplace safety information: n Basic information, rules, safety strategies n Training n Hazard prevention n Research Find L&I online safety information at www.Lni.wa.gov/ .
Employer's Introduction to L&I
This workshop is designed for new businesses or businesses that plan to hire workers for the first time. It explains an employer's rights and responsibilities, and provides an overview of the services and resources available from the Department of Labor & Industries. Participants will learn about workplace safety and health requirements, claims management strategies, risk management, quarterly reporting requirements and wage-and-hour laws.
Online Safety Courses
Online courses provide basic awareness education on the subjects they cover, although they generally do not meet training requirements established in L&I rules. Course areas include: n Confined spaces n Concrete pumpers n Fall protection n Job safety analysis n Ladder safety n Lawnmower safety n Noise exposure at work n Personal protective equipment n Respiratory protection n Safe operation of forklifts n Teen worker safety in restaurants Find L&I online safety courses at Workshops.Lni.wa.gov .
Introduction to Rates and Claims Management
When a worker suffers a work-related injury or illness, an effective claims-management strategy can reduce the overall cost to both employer and worker. This workshop is an overview of basic claims-management principles including:
Respiratory Protection Program Basics
Are you developing your company's first respiratory protection program but don't know where to start? Do you want to make sure your existing program follows the recently updated general industry respiratory protection standard? This presentation will provide important information about respirators and respirator programs that will help start you off in the right direction. Topics include: respirator classification and selection considerations, the medical evaluation process, fit-testing alternatives, maintenance and care procedures, training goals, and more.
How claims affect your premium rates. Roles and responsibilities of employers, workers, physicians, and claims managers. How to build an effective claims management strategy. How return-to-work can reduce claims costs. L&I resources to help you develop your safety and claims management programs.
Ergonomics/Noise Control/Machine Guarding Ideas Banks
Searchable databases with solutions to ergonomics and noise control problems. Just submit your problem and get an answer! Find these databases at Ideabanks.Lni.wa.gov .
Choose from a broad selection of safety topics -- free! You pay return shipping only. Some videos also can be viewed online. View the online catalog at Videos.Lni.wa.gov .
Note: This course was formerly called "Controlling your Claims Costs."
Safety workshops coming soon
Advanced Accident Investigation Chemical Hazard Communication Programs