Knowing the CAL/OSHA Law, Requirements, and Training Options

The Law

The State of California, Division of Occupational Safety and Health [Cal/OSHA] Serves to Ensure Safe and Healthful Workplaces for Employees

  • Employers are required to implement an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program [IIPP]
  • The Program must include Training on Safe Work Practices
  • Employees have the right to file a complaint with Cal/OSHA about workplace hazards

The Requirements

Employer Responsibilities:

  • Develop an effective system for communication with employees
  • Create a system to encourage the reporting of hazards
  • Correct hazards in an effective, efficient, and timely manner

Employee Responsibilities:

  • Participate actively in the training sessions
  • Learn how to recognize health and safety standards
  • Immediately report any hazards identified to the employer

Employees Have the Right to Refuse Hazardous Work

Employers cannot legally punish or penalize employees for refusal to work if:

  • The task violates Cal/OSHA regulations for health and safety
  • The violation creates a 'real and apparent hazard' for the employee and their co-workers

Before refusing to work, employees are required to:

  • Inform their supervisor of the hazard and request its correction
  • Be willing to work once the hazard is corrected
  • Be willing to be reassigned to other 'safe' work
  • State your belief that a health and safety regulation is being violated
  • Call Cal/OSHA to file a complaint in case the problem is not fixed

It is illegal for employers to threaten, suspend, demote or discharge employees for exercising their health and safety rights or filing a complaint with Cal/OSHA.

The Training Options

360Training Offers a 10 Hour Cal/OSHA Online Training Course On Completion of the Course, You Will:

  • Understand Cal/OSHA's Standards for Potential Hazards
  • Employer-Employee Rights
  • Responsibilities for Holding Inspections, Reporting, Handling Emergencies, and Recordkeeping for Accidents
  • Understand OSHA Regulations for Safe Use of Equipment such as Ladders, Scaffolding, and Power Tools
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion


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