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As COVID-19 state of emergency lingers, learn what requirements remain

September 22, 2022

While Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that he plans to end the COVID-19 state of emergency by Oct. 31, 2022, some workplace requirements remain.

BIAW has updated its COVID-19 & Construction page with L&I’s latest guidance as of Sept. 14, 2022.

L&I’s latest guidance requires all employers to:

  • Keep workers known or suspected to have COVID-19 from working around others by following appropriate isolation guidance outlined by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
  • Provide hand washing facilities and supplies, and regularly clean and sanitize surfaces.
  • Educate workers about COVID-19 prevention in the language they understand best.
  • Provide written notice of potential COVID-19 exposure within one business day to all workers and the employers of subcontracted workers who were at the same work site as a person who tested positive (without disclosing the person’s identity).
  • Report COVID-19 outbreaks to L&I within one business day when they involve 10 or more workers at a workplace or job site with more than 50 workers.
  • Address COVID-19 notification, reporting, and prevention measures in the employer’s workplace-specific, written Accident Prevention Program or equivalent safety program.
  • Allow workers to voluntarily wear masks (respirators, medical procedure masks, or cloth face coverings) and personal protective equipment (PPE) as long as it doesn’t create a safety or security issue.

Additional guidance and templates

Review the entire L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 web page for additional guidance.

Free at-home tests in Washington

Washington state offers free at-home tests via the website each month.

When the COVID-19 state of emergency ends, BIAW will update this page with L&I’s updated guidance.

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