Labor & Industries April 6th
I am reaching out to give an update on Labor & Industries' (L&I) role with
the Governor's Stay Home Stay Healthy order and to enlist your help. We
recognize your members are key to keeping workers safe and healthy, and by
extension, our communities and state. Your help is needed to continue to
share information about the order and its
for the construction industry. L&I is also working to educate contractors
to make sure they're aware of the order's requirements. And we are
investigating complaints about possible violations. Our role conducting
these investigations may be new information for you and your members.
As you know, the goal of the order is to prevent the spread of the
coronavirus and save lives. The 'Stay Home, Stay
* Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to
pursue an essential activity.
* Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational
* Closes all businesses except essential
as determined by the governor.
Even if a business is considered essential, it must still ensure their
workplaces are safe and healthy and follow guidelines to protect workers
from exposure to the coronavirus.
The overall goal is for every Washingtonian to voluntarily comply, and we
believe most will. But enforcement may also be needed for the few
exceptions. Regulated businesses not considered essential are expected to
comply with the order and stop work. State agencies have been tasked with
responding to complaints about the businesses they regulate to ensure
L&I will focus on the construction industry, relying on existing
relationships with registered contractors. If we receive a complaint about
a possible violation of the order, construction contractors can expect to
be contacted by L&I. Staff will reach out to the contractor to determine
if work is being done and, if yes, if it is an essential business.
If the business is essential, we will provide safety and health
including sanitation and social distancing recommendations. If it is not
essential, the contractor will be notified on the phone and in writing
that they must stop work. Repeat violators may be referred to the Attorney
General's Office or local law enforcement.
As with everything related to this pandemic, we are all learning as we go.
We would welcome your help sharing this information with your members and
providing guidance to us as we follow up with additional outreach.
Enforcement is most effective when it is voluntary.
Chris Bowe and his staff are the lead for L&I's investigative efforts.
Please let Chris or me know if you have questions or would like additional
information, an opportunity for a conference call, or other ways to get
your questions answered.
Department of Labor & Industries
Office: (360) 902-6805
Cell: (360) 704-0744