Labor and Industry, commonly referred to as L&I, is a Washington state agency helping employers meet safety and health standards. Dedicated to the well-being and fair treatment of workers in Washington, L&I governs the state’s workers’ comp system by providing medical and wage-replacement coverage to those who’ve endured work-related injuries or illnesses.
In hopes of achieving healthy and just work environments, the Labor and Industry staff is made up of employees such as:
The agency aims to ensure fair treatment among workers and safe working environments.
Labor and Industry conducts many services for workplaces, including:
L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health develops and enforces rules to protect workers from hazardous job conditions. The team also performs strict and consistent inspections to promote healthy work environments.
L&I claims managers supervise workers who become ill or injured on the job. They oversee benefits and work with health and medical professionals such as Drs. Darrow and Watson to aid those in critical need of medical attention.
L&I safeguards employee wages and working conditions by enforcing laws and overseeing programs that ensure fair pay.
The technical experts at Labor and Industry inspect buildings and homes and issue operating permits.
Workers’ compensation claims make up a significant portion of L&I’s mission. Through the agency, workers in Washington can:
These and other services give workers access to claim their rights for a fair and safe working environment. As L&I is their expertise, consulting with Dr. Watson or Dr. Darrow can clarify any questions or concerns you may have about your particular situation.