California OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 (Cal/OSH Act), California Labor Code (CLC) 3300 and CLC 6300 et seq. and regulations at 8 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 330 to 344.85

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Antidiscrimination: CLC 6310

Covered employers: CLC 3300


High hazard industries list: CLC 6314.1


Safety orders: 8 CCR 450 to 8618

Regulatory Agency

California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California is a "state plan" state; that is, it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. The Cal/OSH Act governs occupational safety and health in both the public and private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) sector workplaces. "Public sector" includes all state and municipal operations. The Cal/OSH Act has adopted the federal standards in many respects and adopted numerous rules that are stricter than federal standards, including hazard communication, inspections, material safety data sheets (MSDSs), penalties, recordkeeping, and training. See the state sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, INSPECTIONS, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, PENALTIES/LIABILITIES, RECORDKEEPING, and TRAINING for more information.

Administration. Cal/OSHA administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

State Requirements


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