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imminent hazard
An imminent hazard complaint is one alleging that any condition or practice in a workplace is a hazard which could cause death or serious physical harm immediately or before the hazard can be eliminated through regular Cal/OSHA enforcement procedures.



in pro per
An injured worker or other party who is not represented by an attorney.



Industrial Medical Council (IMC)
The state program that certifies qualified medical evaluators (QME) and issues panel QMEs when there is a dispute with the treating doctor's report.



information & assistance unit (I&A)
A group of workers within the state Division of Workers' Compensation who provide information to all parties and informally resolve disputes.