The Bottom Line on CAL OSHA and Your Safety
California OSHA provides workers with the right to work in a safe environment. To help assure a safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides you with worker safety rights.
Here are some of the worker safety rights OSHA laws provide you:
Right Not To Work In Hazardous Conditions
You have the right to refuse to perform work that would violate an OSHA standard or order where such violation would create a real and apparent hazard to you or your co-workers.
Ask OSHA to Inspect Your Workplace
If you see or encounter an unsafe condition at work, you can call CAL OSHA and report the danger or hazard. Simply call CAL OSHA and they will come to your workplace. Sometimes within hours. You can even do this anonymously. If you are concerned about confidentiality, you may prefer to file your complaint from your home computer or a computer in your local library. Or you can ask that your name not be revealed to your employer and they won’t reveal your name.
Use Your Rights Under OSHA Laws Without Retaliation and Discrimination
California OSHA laws protect you. If you report an unsafe condition to OSHA or discuss unsafe conditions with OSHA or when the OSHA inspectors come to your workplace - - the law protects you from discrimination or retaliation by your employer.
Receive Information and Training
You are entitled to receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand.
Get Test Results
If testing by OSHA is needed in order to determine whether you are being exposed to hazardous chemicals and/or hazardous substances in the workplace, you can get copies of test results done to find hazards in your workplace.
You are entitled to review records of work-related injuries and illnesses in your workplace. You have the right to see and copy your medical records and records of your exposure to potentially toxic materials or harmful physical agents. Your employer must must allow you access to accurate records of your exposures to potentially toxic materials or harmful physical agents, and notify you of any exposures in concentration or levels exceeding the exposure limits allowed by Cal OSHA standards.
Where to Report Workplace Safety Violations in California
There are CAL OSHA regional offices around California - from Redding to San Diego.