Regulatory Highlights

Applies to:

  1. Any business, state or local government having employees.
  2. Equipment, structures, materials, activities or environments that pose hazards or safety issues to workers or to the public including, but not limited to: 
    • Aerial equipment (ski lifts, trams, amusement rides) 
    • Asbestos related work 
    • Compressed gas handling & storage 
    • Confined Space Operations 
    • Construction Activities (trenching, construction or demolition involving more than 3 stories, heavy equipment use, etc) 
    • Crane Operations 
    • Electrical Safety 
    • Elevators 
    • Environments requiring the use of personal protective equipment like hearing protection, respirators, eye protection, etc.
    • Ergonomics
    • Fire Prevention Provisions 
    • Flammable & Hazardous Material Handling 
    • Forklifts 
    • Ladder Safety 
    • Pressurized Equipment (boilers, propane tanks, air tanks, etc) 
    • Smoking in the workplace 
    • Workplace exposures to hazardous substances including carcinogens, blood-borne pathogens, and hazardous materials, etc.

​What you must do:

  1. Develop and implement an effective, written Illness & Injury Prevention Plan addressing workplace hazards.
  2. Undergo inspections by Cal-OSHA as part of its random inspection program or as the result of a complaint or serious injury in the workplace
  3. Obtain a permit for the following activities:
    • Construction of trenches or excavations equal to or greater than 5 feet deep (if a person will enter at anytime)
    • Construction or destruction of a vertical shoring system equal to or greater than 36 feet high
    • Construction or demolition of any building or structure equal to or greater than 36 feet high
    • Fixed and mobile tower cranes 
    • Helicopter operations used in construction activities
    • Underground use of diesel engines in mines or tunnels 
    • Use of air tanks, propane tanks greater than 125 gallons and high pressure boilers
    • Elevator and escalator installation and operation (permit may also be required for other moving conveyance devices) 
    • Amusement ride & bungee jumping operations
    • Aerial passenger devices (trams, ski lifts, etc)
 4.  Obtain registrations for either of the following:
    • asbestos related work disturbing more than 100 square feet (applies to contractors and employers)
    • use of a regulated carcinogen by an employer
 5.  Obtain certifications for:
    • Operation of cranes rated more than 3 tons capacity 
    • Safety representatives and gas testers for underground tunneling and mining operations 
    • Contractors & Consultants for asbestos related work disturbing more than 100 square feet 
    • Qualified Safety Inspectors of permanent amusement rides
 6.  Obtain a blasting license for employers using explosives in the workplace
 7.  Provide notification to Cal-OSHA for:
    • Any serious or fatal accident, illness or injury in the workplace
    • Asbestos abatement by any contractor or employer 
    • Disturbance of lead containing material at a workplace (unless lead content is <0.5% or total amount of lead containing material is <100 square feet or linear feet) 
    • Operation of a mine or incidents involving mine or tunnel fires, stability or safety

Primary Regulatory Agencies


California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health
2424 Arden Way, Suite 165
Sacramento 95825
(916) 263-2800



U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Region IX Office
71 Stevenson Street, Room 420
San Francisco, California 94105 
(415) 975-4310