Using Internet Safety and Health Resources to Improve Training   

The following information contains a list of Internet resources which provide free educational materials on workplace safety along with instructions as to how to obtain presentations, manuals, copies of regulations, and instructional videos. These web resources are intended to help safety professionals with the development and improvement of accident prevention plans, training, workforce development, and compliance with safety regulations.


This document was created by Rick Gleason of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. Rick is a member of the Puget Sound Area Safety Summit Steering Committee. For questions and comments, please contact Rick or you may contact Anne Laughlin, SMART Association Administrator and Summit Coordinator. Contact information is provided below.


I.                    The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)


Resources: All inspections of OSHA, State OSHAs and most of WISHA after 1991

            Instructions: Enter the name of your state in the SEARCH box at the top of the page.        An accident investigation search can also be conducted using data from 1972-1997.

            Additional OSHA web resources:    
Here you will find a variety of presentations and outreach training documents including information on how to become an authorized OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour trainer. This site also provides links to various publications and fact sheets (including fact sheets about construction fatalities) as well as Spanish language resources, power point presentations and outreach materials.  
The complete OSHA 500 Trainer Class Manual on line. This site also provides information on inspections, citations, and penalties; safety standards; tools for a Safety and Health Program Assessment; recordkeeping and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses; and training requirements and techniques.

II.                  The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)


Resources: Access to WISHA regulations including WAC 296-24, General Industry   (Green), WAC 296-62 Occupational Health (Blue), WAC 296-155, Construction (Orange),     WAC 296-800, and Core Rules.
Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), is administered by L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), which is the state equivalent to OSHA. For more information about the role WISHA plays in workplace safety, please click here.

WISHA Film Library:  This website provides Washington employers with over 500 free videos on a wide range of safety topics - just pay return postage. Employers also have access to 176 safety and health DVDs and Spanish language videos.


For access to workers compensation experience modification rates for every employer in Washington, click here and enter information in any of the three search boxes. This page enables the public to verify workers’ compensation premium status for any employer in Washington except for those which are self-insured.



Resource: Occupational Injury and Illness Survey for Washington State
This site provides non-fatal industry incidence rates and counts for industries in Washington for the years 2004-2006 as well as non-fatal case and demographic characteristics for all private industries. In addition, the site includes Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Data for Washington State for 2006 and 2007.


III.                U.S. Chemical Safety and hazard Investigation Board


This government website contains safety publications and videos, safety messages, and information on preventing workplace accidents particularly useful for industries that deal with hazardous chemicals or explosive materials. The site also provides extensive information on current CSB investigations throughout the country. Please visit the Recommendations page for a series of reports and CSB recommendations which are listed by recipient.


IV.               State of Vermont OSHA Safety Information Resources


Resources: In addition to 250 free downloadable safety power point presentations, this website offers a Safety Archive which is essentially a history of blogs about various safety topics. Click here for the UVM listing of Safety Information Resources on the Internet.


V.                 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); NIOSH


Resources: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides an extensive list of web resources on workplace safety, grants and funding, training, and initiatives. Visit this site for comprehensive reports on topics ranging from safety and accident prevention to emergency preparedness and response. The NIOSH video library includes topics such as motor vehicle safety, fall protection, Black Lung disease information and ways to communicate safety to youth at the workplace.



The Center to Protect Workers’ Rights: Electronic Library on Construction Safety & Health (eLCOSH). This website provides a variety of materials on construction safety and health with the goal of improving safety and health for workers in this industry by making information more accessible. Here you will find materials such as pocket cards, chart books, brochures, and regulations available in various languages. Click the link for a NIOSH A to Z Index.



VI.               The Center for Construction Research and Training (Construction Solutions)


Resources: On the home page, click on Construction Solutions, work hazards and options for making work safer. Select a work activity from the list provided (for example, “Electrical”), select a task (such as “Climb poles and structures”), and select a hazard (such as “Overhead work”). Following these steps takes you to a safety analysis of this type of work which includes potential health and accident risks, assessment tips, and solutions including ways to address and reduce risks and descriptions of the possible effects on productivity.


VII.             Oregon OSHA


Resources: This website provides links to numerous publications and safety materials listed by subject. Visit the Oregon OSHA Resource Center for workplace safety and health information.




Resources: Some membership fees apply for this site. You will find downloadable photos of actual accidents and incidents which may be helpful for tool box talks or safety trainings.




Resources: This site provides a variety of information, resources, and materials dedicated to underground utility safety and accident prevention. Links will take you to accident files, damage prevention media, and video and image libraries.




Resources: Visit this site for a photo gallery of crane accidents and crane safety articles.


XI.                U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)


Resources: This website is frequently updated with information about transportation safety, accidents, and rules. Click here for DOT Safety which includes links to important resources such as the National Response Center, the Transportation Safety Institute, the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. USDOT also provides links to highway and traffic safety as part of a comprehensive list of safety resources for land, air, and sea modes of transportation.


XII.              Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (Oregon)


Resources: This site offers extensive resources for workplace safety issues, chemical and biological hazards, occupations and industries and ergonomics issues. It provides additional resources including materials for safety talks, and information to address safety, language and culture.



For more information


Rick Gleason, MS, CIH, CSP, Lecturer

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

University of Washington

Region X OSHA Training Center

4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Room 118

Seattle, WA  98105


PH: (206) 856-6660


Anne Laughlin, SMART Association Administrator
Puget Sound Area Safety Summit, Coordinator
130 Nickerson St. Suite 307
Seattle, WA 98109


PH: (206) 459-0105