FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR # 98-3
Wednesday, January 14, 1998

CONTACT:
Rick Rice
Dean Fryer
(415) 972-8835


DIR Posts Cal/OSHA Rules on Internet With Search Capability

SAN FRANCISCO -- In its continuing commitment to use information technology to benefit California's employers and workers, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted the state's workplace safety and health regulations on the Internet, making them easily accessible to the public without cost, John C. Duncan, Acting Director of DIR has announced.

"Providing improved access to information for California employers, workers and safety and health professionals has been one of our highest priorities," Duncan said. "This achievement, utilizing the latest in information technology, provides a valuable research tool for employers seeking to comply with workplace safety and health regulations in order to minimize the risk of injury or illness to their employees."

The workplace safety and health rules are found in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations. The rules may be accessed on the Department of Industrial Relations' internet homepage at www.dir.ca.gov and are located under the "What's New" heading.

The service provides a "search engine" to speed the process of locating appropriate code sections in the regulations. Users may search the regulations either by section number or by key words. The regulations will be updated regularly as changes occur and become effective under state administrative procedures.

"For many, searching the various Cal/OSHA regulations that govern California workplaces was largely a matter of thumbing through indices and hundreds of pages of regulations, many of which apply only to specific situations and not to all employers," Duncan said. "We anticipate that this development will simplify that task and permit employers to more readily access the specific information that applies to their activities and procedures."

Cal/OSHA regulations are the latest addition to a variety of information available on the Department of Industrial Relations internet homepage. Among available information on the site are: The latest Industrial Welfare Commission's orders governing wages, hours and working conditions for California workers; data bases listing garment manufacturers, farm labor contractors, and talent agents; legislative changes for 1998; press releases on DIR activities and issues under its purview; the Department's Biennial Report; and a host of information on the Divisions, Boards and Commissions that are under the DIR umbrella.

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