COVID and Construction

COVID safety requirements continue as indoor mask mandate ends

On March 12, 2022, Washington became the 49th state to end its indoor mask mandate. But the Department of Labor and Industries reminds employers that the pandemic remains a public health emergency.

And that means employers must continue to monitor COVID-19 in the workplace.

Ongoing health and safety requirements

According to a Safety & Health Bulletin issued by L&I on March 11, 2022, all employers will need to:

  • Keep workers with suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 from working around others
  • Provide handwashing facilities and clean and sanitize surfaces regularly
  • Educate workers about COVID-19 prevention in the language they understand best
  • Provide written notice of potential COVID-19 exposure within one business day
  • Report COVID-19 outbreaks of 10 or more to L&I
  • Address COVID-19 in the employer’s written Accident Prevention Program
  • Allow workers to wear masks if they want to

More details

We’re always here to help you navigate these hoops.

  • Should you need some advice, contact our office at 360-694-0933.
  • If you have further questions regarding workplace safety and would prefer to talk to a Labor & Industries representative, call 1-800-4 BE SAFE (1-800-423-7233).
  • If you have other specific questions on how you can maintain a safe and healthy workplace, contact a DOSH consultant near you for a free, no-risk consultation.