Worksafe Resources and Publications
Special Laws for Immigrant Workers in California
In California, to file a complaint about Occupational Health and Safety, workers need to file with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). If workers experience retaliation as a result of engaging in protected activity, workers would then have to file a retaliation complaint with the Labor Commissioner at the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).
Workers can also dual file their health and safety complaints with Federal OSHA and their retaliation complaints with the Whistleblower Protection Program.
The DLSE and Federal 11(c) processes are only two remedies for addressing retaliation. There are multiple other avenues available to workers including collective action and concerted activity, worker organizing, and utilizing media pressure.
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
Private Right of Action
Download our 2015 report, Improving OSH Retaliation Remedies for Workers (PDF). And click here to read a summary of our policy recommendations to address OSH-based illegal retaliation, informed by the many contributing stakeholders from worker centers, unions, government agencies, academic institutions, and others.
Worksafe's annual report, "Dying at Work in California: The Hidden Stories Behind the Numbers" is released in conjunction with Workers Memorial Day (April 28). The stories and statistics in the report are sobering reminders of the real human consequences of unabated hazards, the prioritizing of profit over safety and health, and the dangers workers face every day. With this report, we bear witness to the lives lost, and look to the future by providing recommendations for improving health and safety in California.
This 2011 report from Worksafe tallies the costs – human, financial, and social – of failures to protect workers’ health and safety on the job. We profile innovative solutions from different sectors. And we offer a range of common-sense recommendations to keep California’s workers healthy and safe, help employers succeed, and support the communities depending on both of them.
Worksafe is pleased to offer the available chapters of this manual.
Worksafe Manual, Part 1: Health and Safety Laws
Worksafe Manual, Part 2: Remedies for On-The-Job Injuries
Worksafe Manual, Part 3: Retaliation
How to Obtain Workers’ Compensation Benefits in California (English, Spanish, Cantonese)
Facts for Workers Who May Have a Permanent Disability (English, Spanish, Cantonese)
Facts for Workers Whose Employers Are Illegally Uninsured (English, Spanish, Cantonese)
Public Benefits for Injured Workers: The Interplay of Workers' Compensation and Other Available Benefits (English, Spanish)
Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Are you exposed to chemicals at work? Many workplaces contain toxic chemicals and other hazards that can affect your health. Some chemicals pose special concerns to reproductive or developmental health. This booklet provides information on: (1) Finding out which chemicals you may be exposed to and their health effects (2) How to prevent harmful exposures (3) Your legal rights (4) Where to get help, and additional resources
You can also find this information, and the resources referenced in the booklet, in the Work Matters section of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) website.