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My employee was just injured. Do I need to contact OSHA?

OSHA requires an employer to report any serious employee injury or illness (T8 CCR 330(h)). In general, OSHA considers an injury as serious and reportable if it results in one of the following:

  • Injury or illness resulting in death
  • Injury or illness requiring in-patient hospitalization for a period in excess of 24 hours for other than medical observation
  • Injury or illness involving the loss of any member of the body or suffers any serios degree of permanent disfigurement


The employer has only eight (8) hours after reasonable knowledge of one of these occurrences to contact OSHA to report the accident or incident. Failure to contact OSHA by the employer will result in a $5,000 mandatory fine. Reports from other entities including the fire department, ambulance, hospital or insurance companies will not satisfy the self-reporting regulation. OSHA will only accept a report from the employer involved.

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What can prompt a OSHA visit?

  1. Serious Employee Injury (self-reporting w/in 8 hrs or mandatory $5K fine)
  2. Anonymous Complaints from disgruntled employees, business or residential neighbors.
  3. Industry or Location Sweep or “Sting” (when a serious injury occurs to a business neighbor)
  4. Follow-Up from a Previous OSHA Visit
  5. X-Mod Rate above 125. This number is given by your Worker’s Compensation agent.

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What documents does OSHA require?

  • Heat and Illness Prevention Program
  • Hazardous Communication
  • Code of Safe Practices – (Job Safety Handbook and Office Handbook)
  • Safety Inspection records
  • Safety Meeting/Tailgate Meeting records
  • Licenses and Permits


Additional documentation may be required by OSHA, depending on the business and the type of hazards that employees are exposed to. For example, a contractor who has roofing operations will be required to provide a fall protection program. A stone cutter will be required to submit a respiratory protection program, etc. Call us at 1-800-734-3574 for more information and a free consultation.

How can a safety consultant help me?

A safety consultant can ensure that an employer is compliant with necessary safety regulations and can help to keep OSHA off their backs. An experienced and reputable safety consultant should at the very least, provide the following services:

  • Write initial safety documentation specific to the company.
  • Provide ongoing updates to all written documentation including revisions to OSHA requirements.
  • Provide onsite safety training support in both English/Spanish. At least provide training materials.
  • Conduct onsite safety inspections periodically to help employers find and correct identified hazards.
  • Provide 24/7 safety consultation.

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How do I respond to a Cal/OSHA citation?

YOU HAVE A RIGHT to contest the Citation and Notification of Penalty by filing an appeal with the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board. To initiate your appeal, you must contact the Appeals Board with your intention to appeal, in writing or by telephone, within 15 working days from the date of receipt of the Citation. After you have initiated your appeal, you must then file a completed appeal form within 10 calendar days to the appeals board. Failure to respond to either deadline on time will result in a demand of full payment of the fine. Call us at 1-800-734-3574 for more information and a free consultation.

Where do I get safety lessons that meet OSHA standards?

Virtually all safety lesson materials found on the internet are geared toward very general or Fed/OSHA regulations. Contact EEAP at 1-(800)-734-3574 for safety lesson materials that are specifically designed to meet OSHA standards and are customized to client requests.