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I Was Injured at Work: CAL OSHA Guidelines

In the state of California, all employers are legally obliged to ensure that their employees have a safe and healthy work environment. The rule is based on the California Occupational and Health Act of 1973 and it also includes the necessity of effective IIP or Injury and Illness Prevention plans. These regulations are applicable to almost all employers in the state irrespective of the industry they are involved in and the number of workers they have.

Workers who are protected under Cal/OSHA standards include both public employees and immigrants who can work legally in the state. However, it does not cover:

  • Self employed individuals
  • Family members of farm owners who work on the premises
  • Federal and state employees

These individuals are covered by separate agencies each which follows its own OSHA requirements. Cal/OSHA takes care of employees in the state by ensuring that their employers do not violate health regulations and keep their workplace safe.

How to lodge a complaint and what to expect

All businesses have their own risks but small businesses are rife with them. You should only be asked to take risks in marketing, product development, advertising and other tasks that are essential to ensure a business remains competitive. Hidden and preventable dangers on the other hand should be eliminated before operations commence.

However, some of those risks are just not worth it especially if they place your workers in danger. If you think your employer is not taking workplace safety seriously or you were injured at work, you have the right to lodge a complaint with Cal/OSHA.

While drafting a complaint via phone, make sure to mention the following information:

  • The name, address and phone number of the employer
  • Time and date of the accident
  • Location of the accident
  • Your name and job title
  • Name and job title of other injured workers if any
  • Nature of the injuries sustained
  • Identities of other law enforcement agencies that were called after the accident
  • Description of the accident

You can lodge a complaint to OSHA via mail or online as well. A formal complaint will include your name and it will be kept confidential to protect you if you want. In such cases your complaint will be considered ‘non-formal’ and your identity will not be revealed during the inspection.

Each complaint that is received by Cal/OSHA is inspected to determine its level of priority. Those that point to imminent hazards that place the lives of workers in danger or which can seriously injure them are prioritized over others. Fatalities in the workplace are investigated immediately while non-formal complaints are resolved later.

10 hour Cal OSHA training

Before your business is slapped with hefty fines or closed down by Cal/OSHA, sign up for 10 hour Cal OSHA training course. The course is designed to provide students a comprehensive understanding of Cal/OSHA standards along with common hazards that should be eliminated in the workplace.

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