Blueprint for Safety expansion approved by House committee

 

A bill to expand an innovative new workplace safety program for employers is another step closer to becoming law. The House Labor and Workforce Development Committee unanimously passed the legislation Jan. 31.

House Bill 2509 would expand the Blueprint for Safety pilot program statewide to offer additional tools to employers so they can manage their work places more safely and productively.

The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Bruce Chandler and Barbara Bailey, and received unanimous support in the committee to move it forward.

“When Gary Thor of Commercial Cold Storage located in Mount Vernon brought this program to my attention, I was excited to share the program's success and explore the possibility of statewide implementation. The Blueprint for Safety is a new approach that will benefit employers and their employees across the state. It is a success story of how state government can work with, not against, the businesses that it regulates,” said Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, lead Republican on the House Business and Financial Services Committee. “I'm very glad to see this legislation pass out of committee and look forward to advocating for it through the legislative process.”

Currently, 12 employers in Northwest Washington take part in the Blueprint for Safety pilot program. Employees from the Department of Labor and Industries and employers in the program boasted about dramatic results in the public hearing Jan. 25.

“This could be the beginning of improved relationships between employers and the Department,” said Chandler, R-Granger. “I'm excited for the potential this program could have to change the culture of safety in businesses across our state. The Blueprint for Safety program demonstrates that improving work safety goes beyond regulations and penalties, and that positive collaboration goes a long way.”

The measure could now be considered for action by the full House of Representatives.

Contact: Sarah Stewart, Public Information Officer, (360) 786-7720

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