The Washington Department of Labor & Industries have issued new rules related to vaccine mandates in workplaces.
In a statement from L&I, they say that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have amended WAC 296-800-14035 related to prohibited business activities and compliance with conditions for operations under emergency proclamations and their amendments issued under RCW 43.06.220.
Under the emergency rule:
L&I is monitoring the emergency proclamations, information including guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and data on COVID-19 and will repeal the emergency rule if no longer needed.
This rule became effective as of Monday and is set to expire September 21, 2021.
This emergency is updated as conditions have changed due to a new Governor’s Proclamation being in effect (Proclamation 20-25.13 issued on May 21, 2021).
CR-103E Emergency Adoption
In updated rules as of last week, L&I updated guidance that employers must take, while allowing for fully vaccinated workers in many sectors to remove their masks.
In an update from May 21, 20121, L&I added additional guidance;
Employers are encouraged to check with their local public health agency, which may have more stringent requirements or recommendations for masking and social distancing.
Along with the new guidance for employers, L&I and the Department of Health will also be updating the joint Temporary Worker Housing emergency rule, as a result of the new CDC guidelines.
For more information visit: DOSH Directive 1.70 and DOSH Directive 11.80.