Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter XX. Safety and Health.


§ 1–620.01. Policy.

It shall be the policy of the District of Columbia government to establish and maintain a comprehensive occupational safety and health management program that ensures, to the maximum extent possible, a safe and healthful work environment for employees and general public users of District government facilities, and for the protection of District government property.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2001, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.1.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.1.


§ 1–620.02. Extent of coverage.

The occupational safety and health management program shall encompass all aspects of the total work environment throughout the District government, and shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Employee safety and health, inclusive of physical welfare at the work site and environmental control of occupational diseases;

(2) Fire safety;

(3) Motor vehicle safety;

(4) Safety of nonemployee users of city facilities and services;

(5) Contractor safety; and

(6) Protection of District government property.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2002, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.2.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.2.


§ 1–620.03. Minimal standards applicable.

Safe and healthful conditions shall be provided all employees of the District government in accordance with applicable standards, codes, rules and regulations, and shall be consistent with the occupational safety and health standards promulgated by the United States Department of Labor under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, as amended (84 Stat. 1590), and applicable codes, rules and regulations including, but not limited to:

(1) The D.C. Occupational Safety and Health Board Occupational Safety and Health Standards (11B D.C.R.R.);

(2) The Building Code approved pursuant to the Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986;

(3) The Electrical Code approved pursuant to the Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986;

(4) The Fire Prevention Code approved pursuant to the Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986; and

(5) The Plumbing Code approved pursuant to the Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2003, 25 DCR 5740; Mar. 21, 1987, D.C. Law 6-216, § 13(a), 34 DCR 1072.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.3.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.3.

References in Text

The “Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986,” referred to throughout this section, is D.C. Law 6-216.

The D.C. Occupational Safety and Health Board Occupational Safety and Health Standards (11B D.C.R.R.), referred to in (1), are now found in 24 DCMR, Chapters 30-32.


§ 1–620.04. Authority of Mayor.

(a) The Mayor shall issue rules and regulations consistent with this subchapter and such laws of the federal government and the District of Columbia as they may, from time to time, be amended for the establishment, operation and administration of the District government’s occupational safety and health management program. Programs and procedures developed under the authority of this subchapter are appropriate matters for collective bargaining with labor organizations.

(b) The Mayor shall ensure, through audits and inspections, compliance with this subchapter and the rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto, and shall direct that appropriate remedial or corrective action be taken when it is determined that noncompliance has occurred.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2004, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.4.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.4.


§ 1–620.05. Employee rights.

Employees shall be protected against penalty or reprisal for reporting an unsafe or unhealthful working condition or practice, or assisting in the investigation of such condition or practice.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2005, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.5.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.5.


§ 1–620.06. Training.

The Mayor shall provide for the establishment and supervision of programs, as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of this subchapter, for the education and training of employees in the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions and practices.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2006, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.6.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.6.


§ 1–620.07. Health services.

The Mayor shall establish an employee health services program which shall provide for the following: (1) Treatment of on-the-job injuries and illness requiring emergency treatment; (2) pre-employment and other physical examinations, including fitness-for-duty examinations; (3) a counseling program for “troubled employees”; and (4) preventive programs relating to health. In developing and implementing a health services program consistent with the provisions of this subchapter, maximum use shall be made of existing District government medical and health services facilities, resources and expertise.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2007, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.7.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.7.


§ 1–620.08. Records.

Each agency shall keep adequate records of all occupational accidents and illnesses occurring within the agency for proper evaluation and necessary corrective action and make statistical or other reports as the Mayor may require by rules and regulations.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2008, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-621.8.

1973 Ed., § 1-350.8.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of § 1-621.11 1981 Ed., see § 2 of the Testing of District Government Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles for Alcohol and Controlled Substances Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-294, February 27, 1998, 45 DCR 1762).

Mayor's Orders

Testing of District Government Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles for Alcohol and Controlled Substances: See Mayor’s Order 96-139, September 17, 1996 ( 43 DCR 5287).