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Cal/OSHA Enforcement Branch

The Cal/OSHA Enforcement Branch is responsible1 for the following:

  • Complaint and accident investigations. Cal/OSHA investigates:
    • Complaints of workplace hazards filed by employees, employee representatives, and others.2
    • Reports of serious violations received from law enforcement.3
    • Reports of accidents resulting in death or serious injury or illness.4
  • Targeted and programmed inspections. Cal/OSHA conducts targeted inspections of employers in high hazard industries with high rates of preventable injuries and illnesses and workers' compensation losses.5 Cal/OSHA conducts programmed inspections in mining and tunneling6, petroleum refining7, and the underground economy.
  • Citations, special orders, and orders to take special action. Cal/OSHA issues citations, special orders, and orders to take special action after investigation of hazards in a workplace.8
  • Orders prohibiting use. Cal/OSHA issues orders prohibiting use (OPUs) where there is an imminent hazard.9
  • Permits, certifications, licenses, approvals, and classifications. Cal/OSHA issues project permits and annual permits to employers for major activities in construction, mining, and tunneling10; certifications, licenses, approvals, classifications, and permits allowing use of diesel engines in mining and tunneling11.

File a Complaint or Report an Accident

Contact the Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office that serves your industry or job location12:

If the hazard is in a mine or tunnel, contact the nearest Mining and Tunneling (M&T) Unit district office.

If the hazard is in a refinery or chemical plant with large quantities of toxic or flammable materials, contact the Process Safety Management (PSM) Unit.

If the hazard is in the underground economy, contact the Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF).

If the hazard involves potential exposures to HIV or other infectious diseases in the adult film industry, contact Regional Manager Peter Riley in Region 3.

For all other hazards, contact the Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office in Region 1, 2, 3, or 4 that serves your job location.

Notify Cal/OSHA as Required by Law

Report to the Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office that serves your industry or job location:

  • Employers and responding fire or police agencies must report an accident resulting in death or serious injury or illness13.
  • Construction employers holding an annual permit must report the start of construction at a new site.14
  • Construction employers registered to work with asbestos must report the start of asbestos-related work.15
  • Construction employers must report planned work potentially involving exposure to lead.16
  • Mining and tunneling employers holding an annual permit must report the start of demolition activities at a new site.17
  • Mining and tunneling employers must notify the nearest office of the M&T Unit to conduct a pre-job safety conference and obtain classification of environmental hazards18, and to report excessive gas levels, fires, or other hazards19.
  • Petroleum refinery employers must submit to the PSM Unit every September 15 a full schedule of planned turnarounds for all affected units for the following calendar year20, effective 1/1/15.
  • Employers using a carcinogen must report a carcinogen release incident.21 Also notify the Cal/OSHA Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit: ACRU@dir.ca.gov; (916) 574-2993.

Apply for a Permit, Certification, or License

  • To apply for a project permit for construction activities listed below22, project administrators should contact the nearest office of the M&T Unit or the Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office with jurisdiction over the project site:
    1. Construction of trenches or excavations that are five feet or deeper and into which a person is required to descend.
    2. The construction of any building, structure, falsework, or scaffolding more than three stories high or the equivalent height.
    3. The demolition of any building, structure, falsework, or scaffold more than three stories high or the equivalent height.
  • To apply for an initial annual permit23, employers other than the project administrator should contact the nearest office of the M&T Unit or the Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office where the employer's headquarters is located. If the employer does not have a California headquarters, contact:

    Chief's Office
    Cal/OSHA Headquarters
    1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Phone:(510) 286-7000

  • To apply for an annual renewal24, construction employers should contact:

    Permit Unit
    Cal/OSHA Headquarters
    1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Phone:(510) 286-7022
    blow@dir.ca.gov

  • To apply for an annual renewal25, mining and tunneling employers should contact the office of the M&T Unit where the original permit was issued.
  • To apply for a permit to operate a diesel engine underground in a mine or tunnel26, contact the nearest M&T Unit district office in Region 5.
  • To obtain certification as a safety representative or gas tester in mining and tunneling27 or to obtain a blaster license28, candidates should contact the nearest office of the M&T Unit district office.

Pay a Penalty or Conduct an Establishment Search

1 Labor Code sections 60.5-60.9, 142, and 6300-9104

2 Labor Code section 6309

3 Labor Code section 6309

4 Labor Code section 6313

5 Labor Code section 6314.1

6 Labor Code section 7953

7 Labor Code sections 7870-7873

8 Labor Code sections 6305, 6308, and 6317

9 Labor Code sections 6325, 6325.5

10 Labor Code sections 6500-6501

11 Labor Code sections 6500-6501, 6710, 7962, 7966, 7990, 7991, and 7999

12 Labor Code sections 6309

13 Labor Code sections 6409.1, 6409.2

14 Labor Code sections 6500-6501

15 Labor Code section 6501.5

16 Labor Code section 6717

17 Labor Code sections 6500-6501; Title 8 regulations, section 341(c)

18 Labor Code sections 7955 and 7956

19 Labor Code sections 7967, 7972, and 7997

20 Labor Code sections 7872-7873

21 Labor Code section 9030

22 Labor Code sections 6500-6501

23 Labor Code sections 6500-6501

24 Labor Code sections 6500-6501

25 Labor Code sections 6500-6501

26 Labor Code sections 6500-6501

27 Labor Code sections 7962, 7966, and 7999

28 Labor Code section 6710, 7990, and 7991

January 2015