What We Do
The Occupational Health Branch (OHB) is a program in the California Department of Public Health devoted to improving worker health and safety through prevention activities.
OHB works to prevent injury and illness on the job before they happen. To achieve this, we:
- Identify and evaluate workplace hazards
- Track patterns of work-related injury and illness
- Develop training and informational materials
- Provide technical assistance to others to prevent work-related injury and illness
- Work with partners to develop safer ways to work
- Recommend protective occupational health standards
Collects and provides information on hazardous ingredients in cosmetic products sold in California.
Identifies and studies workplace deaths and provides prevention recommendations.
Evaluates hazards to provide information and technical assistance on new or unappreciated hazards.
Tracks work-related injuries and diseases, assesses occupational exposures to hazards, and makes safety prevention recommendations to workers and employers. The program's findings are used to promote safer and healthier work environments. Programs under OHSEP include
Provides services to prevent and reduce lead poisoning in workplaces, including tracking blood lead levels in workers; investigating work-related lead poisoning; and providing information and technical assistance to employers, workers, physicians, and others to prevent lead poisoning among workers in California.
Identifies the kinds of jobs and types of pesticides that cause health problems in workers.
Identifies work-related injuries and workplace hazards, and develops injury prevention recommendations.
Identifies industries, occupations, and exposures that put workers at risk for work-related asthma.
Current Topics & Activities
California Occupational Health Indicators
NEW! COVID-19 & the Workplace
Pool Chemical Safety
Respirator Use in Health Care Workplaces
Silicosis in Stone Fabricators
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)