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 serious injury or illness or death.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 and permits allowing use of diesel engines in mining and tunneling10. For information about the permitting process, see Title 8 regulations, section 341.1. Cal/OSHA also issues certifications, licenses, approvals, and classifications.11

Apply for a Permit, Certification, or License

  • To apply for a project permit for construction activities listed below21, project administrators should contact the nearest 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. For demolition using explosives, contact the nearest office of the M&T Unit.
  • To apply for an initial annual permit22, employers (other than the project administrator) engaging in the construction activities listed below should contact the nearest Cal/OSHA Enforcement district office where the employer's headquarters is located.
    1. Erection and placement of structural steel or erection and placement of structural members made of materials other than steel. Note: No permit is required for work limited to the erection or placement of reinforcing bars used in reinforced concrete construction.
    2. Installation of metal decking or decking made of substitute materials.
    3. Installation of curtain walls, precast panels, or fascia.
    4. Forming or placement of concrete structures or concrete decks on steel structures.
    5. Installation of structural framing, including roof framing, or the installation of panelized roof systems. Note: No permit is required for work limited to the installation of interior partitions.

    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 a renewal23, annual permit holders should contact:

    Permit Unit
    Cal/OSHA Headquarters
    1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Phone:(510) 286-6871
    qtran@dir.ca.gov

  • To apply for a permit to operate a diesel engine underground in a mine or tunnel24, contact the nearest M&T Unit district office in Region 5.
  • To obtain certification as a safety representative or gas tester in mining and tunneling25 or to obtain a blaster license26, candidates should contact the nearest office of the M&T Unit district office.

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

2Labor Code section 6309

3Labor Code section 6309

4Labor Code section 6313

5Labor Code section 6314.1

6Labor Code section 7953

7Labor Code sections 7870-7873

8Labor Code sections 6305, 6308, and 6317

9Labor Code sections 6325, 6325.5

10Labor Code sections 6500-6501

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

12Labor Code sections 6309

14Labor Code sections 6500-6501

15Labor Code section 6501.5

16Labor Code section 6717

17Labor Code sections 7955 and 7956

18Labor Code sections 7967, 7972, and 7997

19Labor Code sections 7872-7873

20Labor Code section 9030

21Labor Code sections 6500-6501

22Labor Code sections 6500-6501

23Labor Code sections 6500-6501

24Labor Code sections 6500-6501

25Labor Code sections 7962, 7966, and 7999

26Labor Code section 6710, 7990, and 7991

December 2016