Health & Safety

Health and Safety Agencies

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is California’s civil rights agency and the largest in the U.S. The Department takes in, investigates, conciliates, mediates, and prosecutes employment, housing, and public accommodation violations and hate violence under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Disabled Persons Act, Unruh Civil Rights Act and Ralph Civil Rights Act. The Department issues regulations that implement interpret and make specific its procedures.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) enforces Title 22, Nurse to Patient Ratios, and provides clinical, preventive, and outreach work; funding to external sources and funding we receive; training for consumers, business partners, and local health departments; and works with other governmental entities, professionals, and advisory boards.

To find laws and regulations for California and nationally, here are links to California’s 29 Codes of Law and Code of Regulation and a link to federal regulations and statutes.

Find out about the different programs and services offered through the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Get help determining whether you and/or your family are eligible for services. Find out how a physician can enroll you, how to receive free screening and family planning. Get help for children in foster care, children with special medical conditions, and seniors needing personal care.

The Joint Commission (JACHO) accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Wage Order 5 regulates wages, hours, and working conditions.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Program is responsible for enforcing California laws and regulations pertaining to workplace safety and health and for providing assistance to employers and workers about workplace safety and health issues. The Cal/OSHA Enforcement Unit conducts inspections of California workplaces based on worker complaints, accident reports, and high hazard industries.

Every employee has a reasonable expectation to be safe at work. Effective July 1, 1991, every employer must establish, implement, and maintain an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

Several other resources for California workplace safety: Injury and Illness Prevention Program resources, OSHA safety standards resources, and Cal/OSHA Information and Products.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Under the federal OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. OSHA’s mission is to assure safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. Employers must comply with all applicable OSHA standards.

Is your work site safety regulated by California or federal OSHA? OSHA vs. Cal/OSHA: What’s the Difference?

California adopted a state ergonomic standard on November 14, 1996. The standard provides that when at least two employees performing identical tasks have been diagnosed by a physician with repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) within 12 consecutive months, the employer must establish a program.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) provides national and world leadership to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries. The mission of NIOSH is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care.

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