L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety, health and security of Washington's 3.2 million workers. We help employers meet safety and health standards and we inspect workplaces when alerted to hazards. As administrators of the state's workers' compensation system, we are similar to a large insurance company, providing medical and limited wage-replacement coverage to workers who suffer job-related injuries and illness. Our rules and enforcement programs also help ensure workers are paid what they are owed, that children's and teens' work hours are limited, and that consumers are protected from unsound building practices.
L&I's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) administers the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) law by developing and enforcing rules that protect workers from hazardous job conditions. Our claim managers oversee benefits to workers who are injured or become ill on the job. They also work closely with doctors, employers and counselors to help severely injured employees return to paid employment. We enforce child labor laws, as well as laws that protect workers' wages and working conditions. Our agency also oversees apprenticeship programs and administers rules covering prevailing wage on public-works construction projects.
Our technical experts protect the public by inspecting electrical work, boilers, elevators and manufactured homes. We also test and license electricians, certify plumbers, and issue operating permits for amusement rides. In addition, our agency registers construction contractors, requiring them to be insured and bonded. Most services are free. Inspections for electrical, mobile homes and woodstoves require a fee. There are also fees for electrical licensing and contractor registration.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, except state holidays. Call (360) 575-6900; Fax: (360) 575-6918; TDD: (360) 575-6921