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.
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:
The State Designee is the Director, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) who is responsible for overseeing the California State Plan. The State Plan is composed of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (DOSH or Cal/OSHA), the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB), the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (OSHAB), and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) which is under the Labor Commissioner. DOSH oversees enforcement and consultation. Compliance Safety and Health 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, worker complaints or referrals, or serious accidents. Consultants provides assistance to small employers (under 250 employees) under the Consultation Program. OSHSB is responsible for overseeing the safety and health standards. OSHAB is responsible for adjudicating contested cases. DLSE is responsible for workplace safety and health retaliation and discrimination investigations.
More information on enforcement in the state can be found on the California State Plan website.
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.
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.
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