DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL
JURISDICTION AND INTERAGENCY COOPERATION
Issue Date: 11/1/89
Revised: 8/1/94,1/1/00, 9/1/00,7/6/04
AUTHORITY: California Labor Code Sec. 6303(a) and (b), 6303.5, 6307,
6310 and 6800.
POLICY: It is the policy of the Division of Occupational Safety
and Health to assert jurisdiction over every place of employment
in this state to enforce and administer all laws and lawful
standards and orders or special orders requiring the protection
of the life, safety and health of every employee in such a place
of employment, unless the Division does not have subject matter
or territorial jurisdiction over the employment or place of
A. FEDERAL JURISDICTION
- Compliance personnel shall refer all complaints and accidents involving
the following to Federal OSHA (see P&P C-90):
- Employee(s) of the United States Government;
- California employers working at a worksite controlled by an agency
or department of the United States government, e.g., military installations,
national parks and federal buildings, where the federal agency:
- Claims exclusive federal jurisdiction over the area in which contractor's
employees are working; or
- Refuses entry to Division compliance personnel.
NOTE: Until the jurisdictional issue can be resolved between
the federal agency or department and Federal OSHA, Division compliance
personnel shall not attempt to conduct an inspection or investigation.
- Discrimination under Section 11(c) of the Federal Occupational Safety
and Health Act by employees under the jurisdiction of Federal OSHA;
NOTE: Any complaint of discrimination by employees under the
Division's jurisdiction shall be referred to the Division of Labor Standards
and Enforcement (DLSE).
- Transporting hazardous substances under regulations implementing Section
405 of the Surface Transportation Act, Section 7 of the International
Safe Container Act and Section 211 of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response
- Enforcement of any occupational safety and health standard promulgated
by Federal OSHA when California has no equivalent state standard in effect,
and a policy directive from the Chief directs compliance personnel to
refer violations of the federal standard to Federal OSHA;
- California employers who manufacture explosives under contract to the
United States Department of Defense (DOD);
NOTE: California employers are exempt from the provisions of Group 18
(General Industry Safety Orders 5326 through 5374), if they are under
contract with federal government agencies which require compliance with:
(1) DOD Contractor's Safety Manual(s); (2) Explosive Safety Requirements
and Surveillance; and (3) where the Department of the Army or DOD conducts
site inspections to ensure compliance.
- Maritime activities on navigable waters, i.e., waters deep and wide
enough to afford ship passage to the Pacific Ocean, such as:
- Longshoring operations on all vessels from the shore side of the
means of access to the said ships;
- Marine vessel construction operations from the means of access
on the shore;
- All afloat marine shipbuilding and repair from the foot of the
- All shipbuilding and repair in graving docks or dry docks;
- All ship repairing done on marine railways or similar conveyances
used to haul vessels out of the water;
- All floating fuel operations;
- All diving from vessels afloat on the navigable waters;
If the diving operation falls under the scope clause of 8 CCR Sec.
6050(a)(1), the Division has jurisdiction over the operation.
- All afloat dredging, pile driving and similar operations outside
the three (3) mile continental limit; or
- All offshore drilling, drilling rigs operating outside the three
(3) mile continental limit.
- Compliance personnel shall refer all complaints and accidents involving
the following to the appropriate federal agency or department (see P&P
- U.S. or California Army National Guard or U.S. or California Air
NOTE: Complaints and accidents at state-owned California Army National Guard and California Air National Guard facilities may fall under DOSH's jurisdiction providing the unit has not been federalized or does not require federal recognition. Compliance staff and/or the District Manager shall contact the DOSH Legal Unit prior to initiating or referring the complaint/accident.
- Railroad operations;
EXCEPTION: The Division has jurisdiction over the safety
and health of railroad employees in offices and shops devoted to
the construction, maintenance or repair of railroad equipment. The
Division also has occupational health jurisdiction over all other
railroad employees and has traditionally asserted safety jurisdiction
over all other railroad employees under Labor Code Sec. 6303(a)
as long as no other federal or state agency is actively exercising
safety jurisdiction. Compliance personnel shall contact the Legal
Unit before asserting jurisdiction over railroad employees who do
not work in offices or shops.
- In flight airline operations (Federal Aviation Administration,
Department of Transportation); and
- The following U.S. National Parks and U.S. National Monuments (U.S.
Department of the Interior)
- Cabrillo National Monument;
- Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park; and
- Yosemite National Park.
B. DIVISION OF LABOR STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT JURISDICTION
Compliance personnel shall refer all complaints involving the following
to the nearest office of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
(see P&P C-90):
- Any complaint concerning discrimination under Labor Code Sec. 6310
of the California Occupational Safety and Health Act by employees
under the Division's jurisdiction;
NOTE: Complaints must be filed with the Division of Labor
Standards Enforcement within six (6) months of the discriminatory
- Any complaint concerning an employee's refusal to perform work under
Labor Code Section 6311 by employees under the Division's jurisdiction
- Manufacturing, Formulating, Storage and Distribution
The Division has jurisdiction over establishments engaging in
pesticide manufacturing, formulating, storage and distribution.
See Master Agreement between the Department of Industrial
Relations and the Department of Pesticide Regulation.
- Pesticide Reporting Incidents
For information regarding reporting of pesticide incidents, see
D. LABOR CAMP PERMITS
- Employer Duties
8 CCR Sec. 3350 requires that every employer operating a labor
camp for five (5) or more employees under the provisions of the
California Employee Housing Act:
- Obtain a valid permit from the Department of Housing and Community
Development (DHCD), or from a local government agency authorized
to issue such permits; or
- Post, or have available, a valid and current permit.
NOTE: A labor camp is any living quarters, dwelling,
boardinghouse, tent, bunkhouse, maintenance-of-way car, mobile home,
or other housing accommodations, including employee housing or labor
supply camp, maintained in connection with any work or place where
work is being performed, whether or not rent is involved, and the
premises upon which they are situated or the area set aside and
provided for parking of mobile homes or camping.
- Labor Camp Permit Complaints
- If the Division receives a complaint about an unpermitted
labor camp, compliance personnel shall:
- Document the complaint according to the procedures
set forth in P&P C-7; and
- Conduct an inspection to determine if the employer providing
the labor camp has a valid permit which is posted or available
and if the labor camp contains any obvious housing hazards.
- If the camp is unpermitted or contains obvious housing hazards,
compliance personnel shall complete the Cal/OSHA Form 90L
(Labor Camp Housing Referral) and send a copy of the Form
90L to the appropriate Department of Housing and Community
Development Office or local governmental agency. See P&P
- Compliance Inspections
- During the course of an inspection of a worksite where employee
housing is provided for five (5) or more employees, compliance
personnel shall determine if the employer has a valid permit to
operate a labor camp and if the labor camp contains any obvious
- If compliance personnel determine that the employer lacks a
valid labor camp permit, or that the labor camp contains obvious
housing hazards, compliance personnel shall complete a Cal/OSHA
Form 90L and send a copy of the Form 90L to the appropriate Department
of Housing and Community Development Office or local governmental
agency. For a copy of the Form 90L, see P&P C-90.