LOS ANGELES — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed into law AB 2774
, which clarifies the definition of a serious citation, according to a press release.
The new law is designed to improve the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration''s
(Cal/OSHA) citation process by redefining how serious violations are cited, the release noted.
The legislation also clarifies procedures for issuance of a serious citation and procedures for the appeals process when determining if the citation was issued correctly, the release stated.
"The previous definition was inadequate and made it exceedingly difficult to prove that a serious violation existed," said California Department of Industrial Relations
(DIR) Director John C. Duncan.
"This significant clarification will allow Cal/OSHA to better identify serious violations, as well as provide improved guidance for the appeals board in cases where the issuance of a serious citation is in question," Duncan added.
"The new law also establishes procedures for notifying employers of the possibility that they may face a citation for a serious violation and requires that Cal/OSHA staff consider certain factors before issuing a serious citation," Duncan concluded.