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California State Plan

California State Plan

California State Plan

[California State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: April 24, 1973
  • State Plan Certification: August 12, 1977
  • 18(e) Final Approval: N/A

The Department of Industrial Relations administers the California State Plan, commonly referred to as Cal/OSHA. Its main office is located in Oakland, California.


The California State Plan applies to all public and private sector places of employment in the state with the exception of federal government employees. Federal government employees, including those employed by the United States Postal Service, private sector employers on Native American lands, maritime activities on the navigable waterways of the United States, private contractors working on land designated as exclusive federal jurisdiction, and employers that require federal security clearances, are covered under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

Unique State Plan Standards

Cal/OSHA has adopted all OSHA standards that would relate to public and private sector employer operations. Cal/OSHA incorporates federal standards by reference. Therefore, the state and federal standards are identical. Cal/OSHA has adopted the following unique standards:

  • Toxic Chemical Handling and Exposure
  • Agriculture
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Child Labor
  • Heat Exposure
  • Noise Exposure
Enforcement Programs

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is the principal executor of the California State Plan which oversees enforcement and consultation. Cal/OSHA utilizes the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) Enforcement Policies and Interpretations Manual to provide guidance for the enforcement program. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations are identified. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in the state can be found on the California State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

Cal/OSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Cal/OSHA also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both public and private - comply with Cal/OSHA or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the California State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

Cal/OSHA conducts informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. The California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board hears and rules on appeals from citations, notifications, and penalties issued by Cal/OSHA's enforcement unit. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the California State Plan website.

Contact Information

Department of Industrial Relations
  • 1515 Clay Street, 17th Floor
  • Oakland, California 94612
  • (510) 622-3965
  • Christine Baker, Director

Division of Occupational Safety and Health
  • 1515 Clay Street Suite 1901
  • Oakland, CA 94612
  • (510) 286-7000
  • (510) 286-7037
  • DOSH
  • Juliann Sum, Acting Chief
  • Cora Gherga, Acting Deputy Chief, Enforcement
  • Deborah Gold, Deputy Chief, Health and Engineering Services
  • Cal/OSHA Consultation Services
  • 2000 E. McFadden Avenue, Suite 214
  • Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • (714) 558-4411 | (800) 963-9424
  • Vicky Heza, Program Manager
  • Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
  • 2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 350
  • Sacramento, CA 95833
  • (916) 274-5721
  • (916) 274-5743
  • Marley Hart, Executive Officer
  • Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board
  • 2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 300
  • Sacramento, CA 95833
  • (916) 274-5751
  • (916) 274-5785
  • Appeals Board
  • Kari Johnson, Acting Executive Officer
  • Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • Discrimination Complaint Investigation Unit
  • 455 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th Floor
  • San Francisco, CA 94102
  • (415) 703-4820
  • (415) 703-4807


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.

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