FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR # 97-40
Friday, July 25, 1997

CONTACT:
Rick Rice
(415) 972-8835


Cal/OSHA Appeals Board Revised Regulations

SAN FRANCISCO-- The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (Cal/OSHA) has reformed its prehearing and hearing procedures for employers who request reconsideration of civil penalties from violations of workplace health and safety rules. The changes, which were effective July 1, 1997, also provide for the Appeals Board to assess some court costs for frivolous bad faith actions or tactics that cause unnecessary delays.

The Appeals Board, a three-member, quasi-judicial body appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, hears and makes decisions on appeals from citations, penalties, abatement dates, and other issues in dispute as a result of enforcement of occupational safety and health standards in California by Cal/OSHA. Employees may also appeal the reasonableness of the period of time fixed for abatement of citations.

Changes in the Board's rules were mandated by Senate Bill 523 of 1995. The following are highlights of the major changes adopted by the Board:

The full text of the amended regulations may be obtained from the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board office at 1300 I Street, Suite 940, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by calling (916) 322-5080.

The Cal/OSHA Appeals Board's regulations will be available soon via the Internet at http://www.dir.ca.gov.

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