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Cal/OSHA enforcement

The Cal/OSHA enforcement unit has jurisdiction over every employment and place of employment in California which is necessary to adequately enforce and administer all occupational safety and health standards and regulations.

The Cal/OSHA enforcement unit conducts inspections of California workplaces in response to a report of an industrial accident, a complaint about an occupational safety and health hazard, or as part of an inspection program targeting industries which have a high rate of occupational hazards, fatalities, injuries or illnesses.

Report an accident or file a complaint

To report a workplace accident, or to file a complaint, contact the Cal/OSHA enforcement unit district office closest to the workplace where the accident occurred or the complaint conditions exist. Or, submit an online complaint form.

Cal/OSHA citation history

To see if a particular employer has a history of previous Cal/OSHA inspections or citations, conduct an establishment search on the OSHA Website.

Cal/OSHA Citation Payment Options

High Hazard Employer Program (HHEP) and Listing of High Hazard Industries

The High Hazard Employer Program (HHEP) is designed to focus Consultation and Enforcement efforts on employers with the highest incidence of preventable work-related injuries, illnesses, and workers' compensation insurance losses, as demonstrated by experience modification factors (Xmods > 125%). Employers may also be selected and targeted from within a high hazard industry by utilizing data sources such as, but not limited to; workers' compensation loss data, history of Cal/OSHA citations, and other data sources as provided in LC 6314.1.  The annual list of High Hazard Industries   is based on nonfatal lost-time incidence rates for Private Sector employers as provided by Office of Policy, Research and Legislation (OPRL). Employers identified in the High Hazard Industry sectors may be contacted by Consultation's outreach program for high hazard employers or they may be subject to an inspection by High Hazard Compliance Unit.

Enforcement reports

Targeted inspection/consultation programs - 2005 Report:

exec sum   -   full report

DOSH Policy and procedures manual for enforcement

July 2013