Cal/OSHA compliance can be broken down into a few key elements.
At the top of the list are the legal requirements that employers need to maintain for a safe work environment. On one job site, this might mean training and utilization of a self-contained breathing apparatus where airborne hazards exist.
In California, this also means addressing, in your safety programs, in your training and in how your managers lead employees as it relates to workplace violence.
Cal/OSHA also expects that you will have a written program for workplace injury and illness prevention. This will typically include employee training, hazard communication, reporting requirements for illnesses or injuries and more.
Training is often broken into two specific sections. First, there is the safety training that each new employee is given by their employer when they start work. This training will cover a broad range of occupational safety topics. Additionally, employers are expected to lead “toolbox talks,” where a specific subject is covered in more detail. Sometimes, this is done because a new hazard is present in the workplace. At other times, it’s a simple refresher training for existing employees and their managers.
In this publication, Cal/OSHA also outlines other segments of compliance, such as hazardous condition correction, reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses and required postings at all job locations.
At the end of the day, you as the employer are required to know and implement all required programs and inspections, as well as providing the correct personal protective equipment and training.
You can find a complete list of available Cal/OSHA resources here.