CA DIR Honors Workers’ Memorial Day and Cal/OSHA’s Commitment to Workplace Safety
April 28, 2016, Oakland, CA –
Yesterday, on Workers’ Memorial Day 2016, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) remembered the men and women who have lost their lives and renews its 43 year commitment to safe and healthful workplaces.
This international day of remembrance is held annually on April 28, the date Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 which promises every worker the right to a safe job.
“Worker deaths and injuries serve as poignant reminders about the critical importance of workplace safety measures,” said DIR Director Christine Baker. “We are dedicated to working with workers and employers to prevent on-the-job injuries and deaths.”
Cal/OSHA, a division of DIR, was established in 1973 as a state-run program to enforce effective standards, help employers provide safe working conditions, and conduct research, education and training in occupational safety and health. It was the first in the nation to adopt an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) standard in 1991 and the first to adopt a heat illness prevention regulation in 2005, followed by high-heat regulations in 2010 for industries that include agriculture, construction, landscaping, and oil and gas extraction.