The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, protects workers and the public from safety hazards through its Occupational Safety and Health, elevator, amusement ride, aerial tramway, ski lift and pressure vessel inspection programs, and also provides consultative assistance to employers. Although the intent of the regulations enforced by Cal/OSHA is to promote health and safety without impacting commerce, the fact is that enforcement of the standards have increasingly hindered the operation of businesses in California.
After auditing Cal/OSHA's practice recently, Federal OSHA has suggested that the number of "serious" violations issued by Cal/OSHA is insufficient. As a result, Cal/OSHA has stepped up its efforts to enforce the safety regulations and to issue more general, serious, and willful violations altogether. As a small or medium sized business owner, you may have experienced Cal/OSHA's intrusion into your operations, showing up unannounced for inspections or identifying you as a target business.
When it comes to Cal/OSHA violations, the key to a successful defense is early involvement of an experienced attorney. If you have been cited by Cal/OSHA and believe your violations are wrong, mislabeled, or excessively high, call TWM Legal for a free consultation or contact us online.