workplace safety, Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act, Washington Department of Labor

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The still brief existence of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA)' has not begun to yield a full view of its operations, effects, strengths and weaknesses. But a look at the preliminary data compiled by the Division of Industrial Safety and Health of Washington's Department of Labor and Industries does give one an idea of the shape that the Act's enforcement will take, as well as its effect on the business and working communities.' This comment will provide a brief overview of Washington's early experience with the Act, based on statistics and interviews with the individuals responsible for carrying out the statute's mandates.



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