FAQs


CAL/OSHA will show up at your facility because:

51% — Employee Complaints

25% — Permit inspections – trenching, asbestos, air compressors, etc.

18% — If there has been a serious accident or fatality that has been reported by you or the paramedics.

8% — General Inspections

They will also knock on your door if your workers compensation experience modification rate is over 1.25.

One last reason would be if your industry is listed as a high hazard industry and you are the targeted one at the time.

A CAL/OSHA inspector will want to see and verify implementation of the following compliance programs:

  • Injury & Illness Prevention Program
  • Hazard Communication Program
  • Emergency Action Program
  • Fire Prevention Program
  • Hazardous Energy Control Program
  • Industrial Truck Program–If you have forklifts.
  • Hearing Conservation Program–If the noise level is over 85dB
  • Respiratory Protection Program–If you use respirators
  • Others depending upon what is done at the facility.

The inspector will want to conduct an inspection of your facility — it could be a door-to-door inspection or just to an area of concern.

Yes. Unless there is a compelling reason — you’re closed, the fire department is there, etc.

By law Cal/OSHA has the right of entry. The inspector can get a bench warrant and come back (usually with a few more inspectors).

You have hazardous materials at your facility. You generate and/or treat hazardous waste. California now requires electronic reporting of all hazardous materials, etc. It used to be paper forms mailed it — now it has to be done online.
They will show up if your SIC code is one that requires a permit to discharge storm water and to review your Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program.
You have equipment or a process that emits something into the air that requires a permit — spray booth, bag house, oven, furnace, boiler, bead blasting, plating tanks, etc. They will want to verify that you have a permit and you are in compliance with the conditions of the permit.
Each agency is different and requires different types of compliance programs and documentation. You can go online to each agency website and download the rules and regulations — most of them have guidance documents — and put together your own compliance programs. These compliance programs are NOT a one time issue, they need to be maintained and employee training documented.

Or you could call us to assist in creating and implementing the required programs.

A Qualified Industrial SWPPP Practitioner (QISP) is an trained and certified individual assigned to ensure compliance with the revised General Industrial Storm Water Discharge Permit or to assist with determining coverage eligibility for discharges to an impaired water body. A QISP is also required for Level 1 and 2 NAL Exceedance reports.
If you hire us we will come into your facility and conduct an environmental, health and safety audit to determine what programs you need to be in compliance with. Working with you we will develop an implementation schedule, provide the required written compliance program and establish a training schedule.

We do more that just provide you with written programs — we become part of your team to assure compliance with the regulators and to make sure you have a safe and healthy workplace.