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Permits

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

A construction activity permit is required for:

  • Construction of trenches or excavations which are five feet or deeper and into which a person is required to descend
  • Construction of any building, structure, scaffolding or falsework more than three stories high or the equivalent height (36 feet)
  • Demolition of any building or structure, or dismantling of scaffolding or falsework more than three stories high or the equivalent height (36 feet)
  • Erection or dismantling of vertical shoring systems more than three stories high, or the equivalent height (36 feet)

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4

What's needed

  • Schedule a safety permit conference appointment with the nearest Cal/OSHA district office
  • The safety permit conference shall be attended by the permit applicant, who must be knowledgeable about and in a position of authority and responsibility with respect to thepermitted activity
  • The potential safety and health risk of the activity shall be discussed, and the contractor shall identify specific measures to be taken to minimize these risks to employees
  • Details of the activity shall be reviewed along with Title 8 Safety Orders applicable to the activity in which the permit applicant will engage
  • The permit applicant shall provide enough detail about the construction activity to allow the district office to make a reliable determination that the activity will proceed safely
  • To make this determination, the applicant shall provide the following for evaluation and review:

Fees

Annual fee $100.00. Annual permits may be issued to a single contractor covering a calendar year, or part thereof, for the following work activities even if the work is performed at different locations in the state:

  • Erection or dismantling of scaffolding, falsework or vertical shoring systems
  • Construction of trenches or excavations
Activity fee $50.00. An activity permit may be issued to a single contractor for any one or a combination of the following activities:

  • Construction of trenches or excavations which are five feet or deeper and into which a person is required to descend
  • Construction of any building, structure, scaffolding or falsework more than three stories high or the equivalent height (36 feet)
    Note: Contractors who perform their work by using scaffolding constructed by another contractor are not required to obtain an activity permit for the construction of scaffolding. However, if their work involves the construction of a building or structure, they are required to obtain an activity permit for this construction.
  • Demolition of any building or structure, or dismantling of scaffolding or falsework more than three stories high or the equivalent height (36 feet).

TOWER CRANES

Permits are required for fixed and mobile tower cranes.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4

What's needed

Contact the nearest DOSH Crane Unit for filing the application and scheduling an inspection.

Fees

  • Erection of tower: $350.00
  • Operation: $200.00
  • Inspection: $75.00/hour per person

TUNNELING OR UNDERGROUND MINING

A permit is required for underground use of diesel engines in mines and tunnels.


Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 3.2, Subchapter 2 and Chapter 4, Subchapters 17 and 20

What's needed

DOSH Mining and Tunneling Unit is responsible for issuing permits

  • Schedule a safety permit conference appointment with the nearest mining and tunneling district office
  • The safety permit conference shall be attended by the permit applicant, who must be knowledge able about and in a position of authority and responsibility with respect to the permitted activity
  • The potential safety and health risk of the activity shall be discussed, and the contractor shall identify specific measures to be taken to minimize these risks to employees
  • On the application details shall be listed of each piece of diesel equipment underground, includ ing make, model and brake horsepower, and make, model, type and size of exhaust treatment device, and the following:
    • Location of project
    • Length, cross-section and layout of the underground haulage-ways
    • Maximum number and brake horsepower of diesels to be operated in any aircourse
    • Ventilation plans including direction of airflow, fan capacity, duct sizes, auxilliary ventilation
    • Date when proposed diesel use is to begin and dates and location where a DOSH representative may make tests of the diesel’s exhaust gases
    • The permit applicant shall provide enough detail about the operation to allow the district office o make a reliable determination that the activity will proceed safely. To make this determination, the applicant shall provide the following for evaluation:
      • Applicant's completed permit application form
      • Copy of the permit applicant's ventilation plan
      • Copy of the permit applicant's IIP Program
      • Copy of the permit applicant’s Code of Safe Practices
  • Contact the nearest mining and tunneling office.

Fees

Permit application fee $50.00.


PRESSURE VESSELS

Permits are required for air tanks, LPG propane storage tanks over 125 gallons, and high pressure boilers over 15 psig steam. Permit exceptions depend on vessel capacity and operating pressures.


Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter1 and Subchapter 2.

What's needed

  • DOSH Pressure Vessel Unit is responsible for issuing these permits. Permit inspections may be done by certified insurance inspectors or the DOSH unit
  • Schedule an inspection with the nearest pressure vessel office
  • An inspector from the DOSH unit will perform on-site inspection, follow-up and renewals.

Fees

Variable inspection/permit.


ELEVATORS

  • New installation and operation of passenger/freight elevators, sidewalk elevators, dumbwaiters, incline elevators, escalators, moving walks, manlifts, inclined reciprocating conveyors, special access elevators and lifts, material lifts and dumbwaiters with automatic transfer devices, hand powered man platforms, screw column elevators, and annual renewals
  • Annual certification renewal.
  • Learn more about Elevators.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 6

What's needed

Fees

Variable depending on type of elevator.


PORTABLE AMUSEMENT RIDES AND BUNGEE JUMPING

A permit is required for the operation of all amusement rides including bungee jumping.


Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Article 35, Sections 3900 to 3920 and California Labor Code sections 7901 to 7906

What's needed

Fees

Variable inspection/permit.


AERIAL PASSENGER TRAMWAY

A permit is required for the operation of all passenger tramways.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 6.1

What's needed

  • DOSH Ride and Tramway Unit is responsible for issuing permits
  • Schedule an inspection with the tramway office
  • Inspections twice annually, summer and winter

Fees

Variable inspection/permit.

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Registrations

ASBESTOS ABATEMENT CONTRACTORS

Any employer or contractor engaging in asbestos-related work by disturbing more than 100 square feet of asbestos-containing construction material (greater than 0.1 percent asbestos by weight) during the course of work at a single worksite must be registered.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 3.2, Subchapter 2, Article 2.5

What's needed

Fees

  • Initial: $350.00
  • Renewal: $150.00

CARCINOGEN USERS

Any employer using a regulated carcinogen either in a regulated area (usually triggered by air monitoring) or, if the specific standard does not require such an area, concentration greater than or equal to 0.1 percent by weight or volume must file a report of use.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 110

What's needed

Registration with the Asbestos Contractors Registration/Occupational Carcinogen Control Unit

Fees

None.

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Certifications

CRANES

Certification is required for operating cranes with rated capacity of over three tons.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 99, Section 5021

What's needed

Fees

Varies with certifiers.


MINING AND TUNNELING

All underground mining and tunneling operations require certification of safety representatives and/or gas testers.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 17, Article 4 and Subchapter 20, Article 3

What's needed

  • Gas Tester candidates must possess at least 1 year of underground experience and have 4 hours of training on gas testing instruments.
  • Safety Representative candidates must possess at least 2 years of underground experience in mines or tunnels.
  • Application for certification, along with the qualifications-review fee, must be submitted in advance to the Mining and Tunneling Unit.

Fees

$15.00 per examination.

Licensing

Any time an employer is planning the use of explosives in the workplace, a blasting license is required. This may include mining, tunneling, construction, well servicing, seismic exploration, structural demolition, and special uses within general industry.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Subchapter 3.2, Article 7, Section 344.20. and California Labor Code Section 6710(a).

What's needed

  • Blaster candidates must possess at least 3 years qualifying experience in blasting.
  • Application for certification, along with the qualifications-review fee, must be submitted in advance to the Mining and Tunneling Unit.

Fees

$15.00 per examination.


ASBESTOS CONSULTANTS AND TECHNICIANS

Any person who contracts to provide consulting activities relating to asbestos-containing construction material greater than 100 square feet must be certified.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 3.2, Subchapter 2, Article 2.6.

What's needed

Certification is by the Asbestos Consultant and Trainer Approval Unit

Fees
Administration and exam
   Annual renewal
Consultant
$500.00
$325.00
Site surveillance technician
$400.00
$270.00

PERMANENT AMUSEMENT RIDES QUALIFIED SAFETY INSPECTOR (QSI)

No person shall perform the services of a QSI for permanent amusement rides unless he/she holds a current, valid QSI certificate issued by DOSH.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 3.2, Subchapter 2

What's needed

  • Complete an application for a qualification appraisal for consideration as a qualified safety inspector
  • Pass a written examination with a score no lower than 80 percent
  • Provide valid certification showing completion of an 80-hour QSI training program.

Fees

Application for QSI certificate: $500.00
Biennial renewal of QSI certificate: $125.00

BOILER AND PRESSURE VESSEL INSPECTORS

A certificate of competency may be issued to a person who is employed as an inspector of steam boilers or pressure vessels by county, city, insurance company, or by the division, or to an inspector continuously employed by a corporation or company to inspect only boilers and pressure vessels to be used by such company and not for resale.

Applicable standards

Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 2, Article 5, Section 779

What's needed

  • Submit a written request and application from employer to the nearest pressure vessel office to schedule a date for the exam.
  • Pass a written examination with an average of at least 70%
  • Have at least three (3) years experience in boiler or unfired pressure vessel construction or repair or as an operating engineer in charge of high-pressure boilers or as inspector of steam boilers or unfired pressure vessels

Fees

Exam fee of $125 to be paid prior to the exam