Washington L&I Moves to Require Enhanced Training for Fire-Resistant Material

Washington L&I Moves to Require Enhanced Training for Fire-Resistant Material

The rule change aims to improve the effectiveness of fire protection measures.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) announced a new rulemaking initiative, mandating the creation of a training and certification program for individuals applying fire-resistant materials.

Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1323 addresses the role of specialized training in the application of materials designed to prevent the spread of fire and protect structural integrity. Under the proposed rule—set to be adopted by January 1, 2025—individuals working with fire-resistant materials must undergo training provided by registered apprenticeship programs, material manufacturers or DOSH-approved training providers.

This rulemaking proposal (CR-101) emphasizes the need for rigorous training standards in high-risk areas, such as fire protection. By ensuring that applicators of fire-resistant materials are well-trained, the rule aims to enhance the effectiveness of fire protection measures, minimize damage in the event of a fire and ultimately protect workers’ lives.

For more details on this rulemaking effort and its implications for workplace safety, stakeholders are encouraged to visit the Rulemaking Activity Information page.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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