High Hazard Industries (2020)

18 August 2020

In addition to Enforcement, California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) has High Hazard Units, one in northern California and one in southern California.

The High Hazard Unit inspects employers with the highest incidence of preventable occupational injuries and illnesses and workers’ compensation losses. Employers may also be selected and targeted by utilizing data sources such as but not limited to, workers’ compensation loss data, history of Cal/OSHA citations, and other data sources as provided in Labor Code section 6314.1.

Every year the High Hazard Unit develops a list of industry sectors that have experienced accidents involving restricted or lost workdays that is above the California average. The annual High Hazard Industry List is based on “days away, restricted or transferred” (DART) rates for private-sector employers. Employers in high hazard industries may be subject to an inspection by High Hazard Unit.

The 2020-2021 High Hazard Industry List provides the industries targeted for inspection (see the list here) You might be randomly selected for an inspection due to your industry; it doesn’t matter if your company had accidents or not.

WHAT TO DO?

If your industry is on the list, call the Cal-OSHA Consultation office for your location.

Consultation is a free service. You must agree to correct any hazards noted, but Consultation does not issue citations, fines, or penalties.

Consultation and Enforcement are completely separate programs. Consultation does not share information with Cal/OSHA Enforcement.

A Consultation inspection shields you from a High Hazard Inspection for 6 months.

We can assist during the Consultation inspection or contact us when you receive their written hazard report. We can provide assistance in correcting any deficiencies noted. For more information contact Friday@mrsoshasafety.com or call Teddi @ 714.717.9389.