Workplace safety for employees is regulated under both state and federal law. In California the primary agency for regulation and enforcement of safe labor practices is Cal-OSHA. Under the California Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Occupational and Health Safety Standards Board was created with authority to adopt occupational safety standards for the workplace. They include conducting workplace inspections and investigations of injuries, illness or deaths. Cal-OSHA also investigates complaints made by employees of workplace safety, as well as investigates industrial accidents and unsafe conditions.

Under California Labor Code §6401.7
Employers in California are also required to have “illness and injury prevention programs”

The written program must meet certain requirements, including identifying the person or persons responsible for implementing the program; describe the employer’s system for identifying and evaluating workplace hazards including scheduled periodic inspections to identify unsafe conditions and work practices; describe the employer’s methods and procedures for correcting unsafe and unhealthy conditions and work practices in a timely manner; describe an occupational health and safety training program designed to instruct employees in general safe and healthy work practices and to provide specific instructions with respect to hazards specific to each employee’s job assignment; describe the employer’s system for communicating with the employees on occupational health and safety matters, including provisions designed to encourage employees to inform the employer of hazards at the worksite without fear of reprisal; and describe the employer’s system for ensuring that employees comply with safe and healthy work practices which may include disciplinary action. Employees who make complaints of workplace safety violations are protected from retaliation under

Under Labor Code §6310:
Employees may not be retaliated against for complaining about safety issues.

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