The following is a News Flash from Cal/OSHA,
As the Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Bureau of Investigations and local authorities investigate several incidents of a man allegedly impersonating a Cal/OSHA inspector and seeking cash in lieu of citing establishments, the agency advises employers not to fall for such scams. A Cal/OSHA inspector will never request payment in lieu of citations or ask for money onsite, says DOSH Acting Chief. DOSH encourages all employers to ask to see state identification and a business card from anyone purporting to be a Division inspector. If you suspect that the individual is not an actual DOSH inspector, call your local district office. Cal/OSHA citations are payable only after a citation is issued. They are not handed out at the worksite after the inspection, but mailed by the Division to the employer. All payment details are clearly spelled out on the citation. “If an inspector ever requests payment on site for any reason, employers are urged to call Cal/OSHA headquarters immediately at 510-286-7000,” DOSH says. The Division will then contact local authorities.
Cal/OSHA’s inspection protocol is as follows:
- The inspector identifies himself of herself and asks permission to conduct the inspection. Employers are legally entitled to deny the inspector entry. Cal/OSHA then would seek a court warrant.
- After receiving permission to proceed, the inspector discusses with the employer his or her rights and responsibilities during the inspection, as well as what happens during the process.
- The inspector walks through and reviews the premises and interviews employees.
- The inspection concludes with a discussion of the hazards that were found, whether citations will be issued and the subsequent process.
- Cal/OSHA rarely issues citations on site and it is never proper for an investigator to request any kind of payment during the inspection.