Rules + Regs

Bill toughens California's worker safety mandates

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) will be permitted to cite employers for record-keeping violations up to five years old, according to Bloomberg Law. The previous limit in California was six months, and the limit remains six months for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown Sept. 19, the bill also requires California to establish an advisory committee to determine whether employers should be required to file copies of their injury and illness records with the state. The bill says the committee would be formed if the Trump administration "substantially diminished" existing mandates for employers to electronically file injury and illness data with federal OSHA.

Peg Seminario, safety and health director for AFL-CIO, says the bill will give Cal/OSHA "the clear authority to effectively enforce workplace injury recording rules and will help maintain OSHA injury reporting requirements now being targeted by the Trump administration."