Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Cal/OSHA

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration ("OSHA") is a federal government regulatory body. California has its own OSHA-approved state plan referred to as under the Division of Occupational Safety & Health ("DOSH") more commonly referred to as Cal/OSHA, which often has more strict standards. OSHA and Cal/OSHA have an extensive body of law and a large database of information regarding workplace safety requirements. 


Employees may file complaints with OSHA or OSHA on its own may seek to investigate a business, which is usually based on a someone filing a report against the employer.   

OSHA has requirements for business depending on the industry and number of employees. Cal/OSHA has its own set of requirements that may differ and go beyond those required by OSHA for specific industries or sized employers. 

Employer Requirements 

Here is a list of some OSHA requirements*: 

OSHA Inspections & Compliance 

In my experience OSHA and Cal/OSHA will try to work with an employer to abate violations, reduce penalties and assist in creating safe working environments. Cal/OSHA usually has stricter rules and often requires that the employer pay for employees' safety equipment and gear, such as OSHA approved hand and footwear.


If you are an employer who has been cited with violations by OSHA or Cal/OSHA and feel overwhelmed or confused by the compliance requirements you may want to consult with an attorney to assist in cooperating with the agencies and finding a solution within the scope of the law.   

*Cal/OSHA may have more strict requirements than those of OSHA. 

Be aware some laws award attorneys' fees to prevailing employees but not to prevailing employers. Consult with an attorney to understand the risks and stringent requirements employers are held to in employment and labor cases in California. I provide a free 15 minute consultation to assist you in figuring out your next defense steps. 

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