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Workplace Health and Safety

Protecting the health of all Californians means doing everything we can to make sure that working men and women come home healthy at the end of the day. Our jobs should be free of hazards known to cause injury, illness, or death. No one should have to choose between working in pain and not working. 

Much of the environmental pollution that threatens our communities originates in the workplace. Controlling workplace hazards not only protects workers; it makes our homes, schools, and communities safer for everyone. Preventing worker injury and illness also protects families from the uncertainty and financial stress that results when a parent or family member is disabled or unable to work.

The Occupational Health Branch in the California Department of Public Health works to prevent injury and illness on the job before they happen. We identify and evaluate job hazards, provide information on new hazards, and work with our partners to develop safer ways to work.   

The Occupational Health Branch currently focuses major prevention efforts on work-related asthma, fatal injuries, work-related lead poisoning, pesticide illness, chemical hazards in the workplace, and cosmetic safety.

For information on our other activities, visit:

  • Occupational Health Branch
  • Workplace Health and Safety Publications
  • The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of California’s working women and men and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. Cal/OSHA is a program in DIR that sets and enforces health and safety regulations (laws).

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    Last modified on: 5/23/2016 1:14 PM