The federal OSHA says California’s occupational safety and health program is deficient. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) disagrees—although officials admit there’s always room for improvement.
OSHA recently wrapped up reviews of 25 states’plans, including Cal/OSHA. Federal auditors didn’t like what they found, citing Cal/OSHA for lax enforcement, inadequate training and poor record-keeping. The feds also said California was slow to respond to workplace fatalities and other serious conditions. In addition, OSHA criticized the state for alleged slow responses to whistle-blower claims.
But Cal/OSHA says the OSHA analysis was flawed.
Cal/OSHA Chief Len Welsh defended his agency’s record on fatality complaints. According to Welsh, the timeliness critique ignores differences between state and federal laws.