California Division of Occupational Safety and Health

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The Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California (DOSH, but more commonly known as Cal/OSHA) is an agency of the Government of California established by the California Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1973.[1] Administered by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Cal/OSHA's mission is to protect public health and safety through research and regulation related to hazards on the job in California workplaces as well as on elevators, amusement rides, and ski lifts, and related to the use of pressure vessels such as boilers and tanks. Cal/OSHA requires that qualifying organizations create illness and injury prevention programs meant to help identify and eliminate dangers before accidents and illnesses occur.[2]

As of December 22, 2015, Cal/OSHA employed 195 field enforcement officers, 25 of whom received bilingual pay for using a second language at least 10% of the time on the job.[3] The organization offers training materials and paid training time to staff interested in learning other languages and encourages bilingual applicants to apply.

On July 1, 2020, Cal OSHA instituted a new requirement (title 8, section 3441) for agricultural workers.[4] These new standards protect nighttime agricultural workers by mandating class 2 or class 3 hi vis safety gear.

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  1. ^ "CAL/OSHA". Government of California. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Are You Cal-OSHA Compliant?". The National Law Review. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  3. ^ "Cal-OSHA Lacks Spanish-Speaking Inspectors". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  4. ^ Melton, Peter. "Communications Director". Cal OSHA. Department of Industrial Relations. Retrieved 2 November 2020.

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