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.
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Cal/OSHA administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.
Cal/OSHA is a division within the Department of Industrial Relations. Cal/OSHA protects workers from occupational hazards through its occupational safety and health rules, and the general public through its elevator, amusement ride, and pressure vessel inspection programs.