Programs & Events

Sep
15
Tue
Confined Spaces Safety Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Entry into confined spaces requires specialized procedures, training and equipment.  Employees who work in confined spaces face increased risk of exposure to serious hazards.  In this class, students will learn confined space and “permit required” confined space entry, hazard recognition, air monitoring, entrants, attendants, documentation and emergency rescue procedures.  Meets OSHA and state requirements.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Sep
24
Thu
Accident Response and Investigation Safety Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

If a serious accident occurs on your site, are you prepared? Knowing how to properly handle a workplace accident and investigation can prevent a difficult situation from becoming worse.  Learn how to respond to the media, family of the victim, co-workers and DOSH inspectors.
Learn procedures for:

  • Securing the scene
  • Developing an emergency action plan
  • Implementing a pertinent contact list
  • Interviewing key witnesses
  • Managing team roles
  • Preparing a media response
  • Recordkeeping and photographs
  • Tips on handling investigators
  • Accident prevention tools

Take away valuable action plans for the first two hours following an accident.  Course includes emergency response planning tools.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Sep
29
Tue
Fall Protection Safety Class @ MBA Building (Bellevue)
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

The number one, most frequently cited serious violation in construction, is written for lack of of proper Fall Protection!

Are your employees exposed to fall hazards?
If so, this class is for you! This course covers Washington State requirements for all employees exposed to fall hazards.
The following elements are covered:

  • Fall Restraint/Fall Arrest Systems
  • Written Activity Specific Fall Protection Plan
  • Guardrail Requirements
  • Floor/Wall Opening
  • Leading Edge Activity Requirements
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Safety Monitor System

Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of death and/or serious injury in the construction industry. This course is designed to bring your company into compliance with the fall protection standards set by Washington State but, more importantly, it will raise the level of safety awareness in regards to fall hazards and will provide the tools necessary to reduce and/or eliminate slips, trips, and falls from occurring in the workplace.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Oct
6
Tue
CPR/First Aid Certification Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Oct 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This Medic First Aid course includes assessment of air-way, breathing, circulation techniques, use of protective barriers and hands-on CPR exercises. Meets state law requirements.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Oct
8
Thu
Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Class @ SMART Education Center
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The newest version of MEDIC FIRST AID’s Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge necessary to help reduce or eliminate the occupational risk of bloodborne pathogens. The training program teaches the information every employee who has occupational exposure needs to know to avoid accidental exposure to potentially infectious materials and to manage an accidental exposure if one occurs. Per Washington State WAC code 296-823 Blood Borne Pathogens Training is required at the time of hire or assignment to a position with exposure, and annually thereafter.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Oct
13
Tue
Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The newest version of MEDIC FIRST AID’s Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge necessary to help reduce or eliminate the occupational risk of bloodborne pathogens. The training program teaches the information every employee who has occupational exposure needs to know to avoid accidental exposure to potentially infectious materials and to manage an accidental exposure if one occurs. Per Washington State WAC code 296-823 Blood Borne Pathogens Training is required at the time of hire or assignment to a position with exposure, and annually thereafter.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Workers' Comp Safety & Savings Program

 

The Washington Lodging Association launched a Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program in 2006 with a pledge to safeguard members against the skyrocketing costs of workers' compensation insurance by providing scrupulous management of claims and proactive programs that result in a decrease in workplace accidents and injuries.

Now serving over 200 hotels and restaurants, WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program benefits participating businesses by providing them with:

Lower up-front premiums and opportunities for future refunds.

Proactive safety training programs aimed at decreasing on-the-job accidents and injuries.

Diligent management of workers’ comp claims.

Hands-on assistance in bringing employees back to work sooner.

Learn more about how your business can benefit from the WLA Workers' Comp Safety & Savings Program:

 

To schedule an on-site Loss Control Review or to find out more about the program, email WLA or call 877-906-1001.

Creating a Sustainable Lodging

Presentations from the May 6, 2015 Sustainable Lodging Workshop presented by the Washington Lodging Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

HOTEL PANELISTS

Rodney Schauf, FMA, CEOE, Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Tom Waithe, CHA, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Debbie R. Friedel, Delaware North Parks & Resorts, Kalaloch Lodge

 

Jay Bartleson, Columbia Hospitality

Diana Rayo, Fairmont Olympic Hotel

 

TECHNICAL PANELISTS

Domenic Calabro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Pat Kaufman, Seattle Public Utilities

Christopher Boroughs, Puget Sound Energy

John LeCompte, Seattle City Light

Mike Brent, Cascade Water Alliance

 

Sustainability Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

WaterSense H2Otel Challenge

Energy Star

Food Recovery Challenge

Safer Choice (includes product lists)

Seattle Public Utilities Green Your Business Program

Puget Sound Energy Business Services and Energy Advisors

Seattle City Light Conservation Tools and Resources

Cascade Water Alliance

Food Lifeline Industry Food Donation Program

 

WLA's Greening Washington's Lodging Industry Program

Green Lodging Practices Assessment:Assessyourgreening practices.

Lodging Facility Audit Form:Assessyourfacilityspaceby space.

Lodging Employee Survey:Tapintoemployeeenthusiasm& ideas.

Lodging Guest Survey:Doyourguestswantgreen lodging?

Green Lodging Data Sheet: Quantifyyourenergy&materials usage.

Washington State Greening Program Case Studies: Peppertree Inns and Salish Lodge

AH&LA Green Resource Center

AH&LA 14 Minimum Guidelines for Going Green

 

In 2009 Washington Lodging Association received a Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to underwrite WLA's Greening Washington's Lodging Industry Program. Working with Cascadia Consulting Group, WLA implemented a pilot program from March 2010 through June 2011 which demonstrated the benefits of green lodging. Columbia Hospitality and Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington were selected as the project's two pilot companies and working with Cascadia, they implemented at least three environmental practices at each of their properties, measured the business and environmental impacts and shared the results and lessons learned with industry peers, guests and the public.

"Through this program, we demonstrated that green lodging is good business practice, even in these challenging economic times. Many green practices result in utility savings and sometimes leverage financial incentives, such as utility rebates and tax breaks," said Gerry Link, CHA, WLA Green Team Co-Chair.

Both pilot companies experienced cost savings, marketing benefits and enhanced employee engagement. For highlights of the companies' successes and lessons learned click here for Columbia Hospitality's Green Pilot case study and here to see Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington's case study. For more detailed results, check out Columbia Hospitality's presentation from the March 7, 2011 WLA luncheon or Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington's presentation from the June 9, 2011 WLA luncheon. With the assistance of our PR and communications partner, Colehour+Cohen, WLA and its pilot companies have received media attention for their Greening Washington's Lodging Industry Program.

As a part of the Green Program, we challenged other hotels around Washington to undertake at least one new green initiative. These 22 properties pledged 44 new green actions.

In 2012 Washington Lodging Association's application for a 2nd Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to support and expand the Greening Program came in third place. Unfortunately due to funding issues, no Public Participation Grants were awarded in 2012, and the Greening Committee continues to look for ways to enhance and grow the Greening Program.

The Only Official Publication for Marketing Washington State

 

Celebrating 16 Years of Guiding Visitors on their Travels through Washington State

The Washington State Visitors’ Guide has been an essential resource for millions of travelers since it was first launched by Washington Lodging Association in 2000 to strengthen the state’s tourism industry. Now celebrating 16 years of engaging millions of travelers, the popular Visitors’ Guide is published in partnership with the Washington Tourism Alliance and SagaCity Media, Inc., publishers of Seattle Met, Portland Monthly and other award-winning magazines.

As the only official publication for marketing Washington State, the Visitors’ Guide has a circulation of 375,000 and each edition reaches close to a million travelers. It is mailed for free upon request, distributed in visitors centers and tourism locations throughout Washington and other western states, sent to 65,000 subscribers of Seattle Met and Portland Monthly magazines, and available in select retail locations.

Prospective travelers can also read the Visitors’ Guide in a digital edition or order their own copy on the WTA’s website, ExperienceWA.com, and on WLA’s consumer website, StayinWashington.com. Savvy travelers can access versions of the Guide optimized for use on iPads, Android tablets, and smartphones.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ADVERTISING IN THE VISITORS' GUIDE
WLA members receive significant discounts on advertising rates in the Visitors’ Guide. For more information on advertising, please contact Jeff Adams, SagaCity’s Vice President of Custom Publishing, at 206-454-3007 or jadams@sagacitymedia.com.

Quickly Links Visitors to Accommodation Options Throughout Washington State


Stay
InWashington.com,
WLA’s dynamic consumer website, is designed to encourage travel throughout Washington and quickly links visitors to accommodation options in all parts of the state. In doing so, it helps fulfill WLA’s mission of strengthening the state’s vital hospitality industry.

As the companion site to the annual Washington State Visitors’ Guide, which WLA has been publishing since 2000, StayinWashington.com extends the power of the print edition to the Internet. It connects visitors with great trip ideas, valuable travel resources, popular attractions and useful Google maps, and features a statewide calendar and the ability to search for accommodations by region and city. In addition, visitors can make reservations on the site through Travelocity.

All WLA lodging members receive a basic line listing on StayinWashington.com, and members who advertise in the print edition of the Visitors’ Guide receive as part of their advertising campaign an individual page on the site that includes photos and detailed descriptions of their properties.

StayInWashington.com also features a state-of-the-art digital edition of the Washington State Visitors’ Guide with hyperlinked ads and live links from every URL mentioned in the popular guide. Visitors to the site can also have a copy of the Visitors’ Guide mailed to them for a nominal shipping and handling fee.

 

To find out more about advertising in the Washington State Visitors’ Guide or on www.StayInWashington.com, please contact Jeff Adams at SagaCity Media, Inc. (jadams@sagacitymedia.com; 206-454-3007).

Click here for assistance in planning your ad campaign.

Click here for Visitors' Guide reader demographics.

Click here to order your copy of the Visitors' Guide.

Click here to view the Visitors' Guide online.

Valuable and Informative Classes

CPR in English and Spanish, Anti-Harassment and Discrimination, Unemployment Claims Management, Fall Protection, Safety Orientation for New Hires and more. Members of WLA and WLA's Workers' Comp Safety & Savings Program are entitled to four free class registrations each year, and all classes are available at discounted member rates.

Click here for a class schedule, descriptions and how to register.

Free Claims Management Workshops. Receive your Claims Management Manual and valuable tools and information on managing claims and controlling costs. Workshops are conducted by claims experts and are presented by Approach Management Services. Annual attendance at a Claims Management Workshop is required for every member of the WLA Workers' Comp Safety & Savings Program.

Click here for a workshop schedule, descriptions and how to register.

Loss-Control Reviews. Bring a loss-control review or other accident prevention program right to your property. Click here to see all the benefits of a Loss-Control Review.

To learn more about how your business can benefit from the WLA Safety& Savings Program or to register for safety classes, a claims management workshop, or loss prevention program, email us or call us at 877-906-1001.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep
15
Tue
Confined Spaces Safety Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Entry into confined spaces requires specialized procedures, training and equipment.  Employees who work in confined spaces face increased risk of exposure to serious hazards.  In this class, students will learn confined space and “permit required” confined space entry, hazard recognition, air monitoring, entrants, attendants, documentation and emergency rescue procedures.  Meets OSHA and state requirements.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Sep
24
Thu
Accident Response and Investigation Safety Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

If a serious accident occurs on your site, are you prepared? Knowing how to properly handle a workplace accident and investigation can prevent a difficult situation from becoming worse.  Learn how to respond to the media, family of the victim, co-workers and DOSH inspectors.
Learn procedures for:

  • Securing the scene
  • Developing an emergency action plan
  • Implementing a pertinent contact list
  • Interviewing key witnesses
  • Managing team roles
  • Preparing a media response
  • Recordkeeping and photographs
  • Tips on handling investigators
  • Accident prevention tools

Take away valuable action plans for the first two hours following an accident.  Course includes emergency response planning tools.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Sep
29
Tue
Fall Protection Safety Class @ MBA Building (Bellevue)
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

The number one, most frequently cited serious violation in construction, is written for lack of of proper Fall Protection!

Are your employees exposed to fall hazards?
If so, this class is for you! This course covers Washington State requirements for all employees exposed to fall hazards.
The following elements are covered:

  • Fall Restraint/Fall Arrest Systems
  • Written Activity Specific Fall Protection Plan
  • Guardrail Requirements
  • Floor/Wall Opening
  • Leading Edge Activity Requirements
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Safety Monitor System

Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of death and/or serious injury in the construction industry. This course is designed to bring your company into compliance with the fall protection standards set by Washington State but, more importantly, it will raise the level of safety awareness in regards to fall hazards and will provide the tools necessary to reduce and/or eliminate slips, trips, and falls from occurring in the workplace.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Oct
6
Tue
CPR/First Aid Certification Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Oct 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This Medic First Aid course includes assessment of air-way, breathing, circulation techniques, use of protective barriers and hands-on CPR exercises. Meets state law requirements.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Oct
8
Thu
Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Class @ SMART Education Center
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The newest version of MEDIC FIRST AID’s Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge necessary to help reduce or eliminate the occupational risk of bloodborne pathogens. The training program teaches the information every employee who has occupational exposure needs to know to avoid accidental exposure to potentially infectious materials and to manage an accidental exposure if one occurs. Per Washington State WAC code 296-823 Blood Borne Pathogens Training is required at the time of hire or assignment to a position with exposure, and annually thereafter.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

Oct
13
Tue
Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Class @ SMART Education Center (Seattle)
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The newest version of MEDIC FIRST AID’s Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge necessary to help reduce or eliminate the occupational risk of bloodborne pathogens. The training program teaches the information every employee who has occupational exposure needs to know to avoid accidental exposure to potentially infectious materials and to manage an accidental exposure if one occurs. Per Washington State WAC code 296-823 Blood Borne Pathogens Training is required at the time of hire or assignment to a position with exposure, and annually thereafter.

Each WLA member business receives four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program may attend all classes free of charge. View the range of classes at SmartWA.org.

To register for safety classes or to schedule a customized safety training program, contact Brian Ducey at brian.ducey@smartwa.org or 800-626-0846. To register for the Brain Trust, please email maria.gaytan@approachms.com. Class dates and times are subject to change.

UPCOMING SAFETY CLASSES

Each WLA member business gets four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. WLA Retro Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Savings & Refunds Program get all classes free. Class times and locations are subject to change.

Find class descriptions and information on registering and customizing on-site classes here.