When Does Cal/OSHA Perform Inspections?

Cal/OSHA’s inspection program targets workplaces where there is a likelihood of health and safety hazards and/or violations of standards. Due to constitutional limitations on government searches and seizures, the agency must have reasonable cause to conduct an inspection. However, courts have granted Cal/OSHA broad discretion in determining reasonable cause. Cal/OSHA inspects a workplace when:

  • An employer reports a fatality or serious injury or illness
  • An employee complains
  • Issuing a permit requires a follow-up inspection
  • Cal/OSHA’s general administrative plan calls for inspections for a certain type of employer
  • An industry has been selected as part of the Targeted Inspection and Consultation Program (TICP)

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