Worksafe Inc

Safety, Health , and Justice for Workers

aka Worksafe   |   Oakland, CA   |


Worksafe's mission is to prevent worker illness, injury, and death by bringing justice to the workplace.

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Executive Director

Stephen Knight

Chief of Staff and Equity

Jora Trang JD

Main address

1736 Franklin St. Suite 500

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Formerly known as

CaICOSH, the California Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, Inc

BACOSH, the Bay Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, Inc.,



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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Everyone has the right to work in a safe and healthy place of employment - and to return home uninjured at the end of each workday. Yet on average, 13 people are killed on the job in the United States daily. California averages more than one job-related fatality every day. These figures don’t consider the thousands of people who are maimed or seriously injured each year or the thousands who die or are disabled by occupational disease.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Services Support Center

Worksafe provides support to the nonprofit legal services programs of California, who offer essential legal assistance to the most disadvantaged members of our communities.

California’s nonprofit legal services organizations provide a wide range of legal assistance to people living at or near poverty level. When legal services attorneys, advocates, and volunteers have employment law-related questions touching on worker health and safety, or workers' compensation, Worksafe is here to help.

In addition to engaging in administrative and legislative (policy) advocacy, and monitoring government agencies on behalf of legal services programs and their clients, Worksafe provides the following legal support services:

- Legal training and other educational programs and materials for advocates
- Technical assistance to legal services programs
- Impact litigation and amicus briefs
- Legal clinic advice and assistance

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Legal Services Support Center

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The pandemic brought an unprecedented awareness about OSH rights, and in particular, employers’ violation of those rights.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Worksafe is dedicated to promoting and protecting the basic right of all people to a safe and healthy workplace. We aspire to end death on the job by expanding the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) rights of vulnerable workers.

We engage in campaigns in coalition with worker organizations and activist networks to eliminate toxic chemicals and other hazards from the workplace. We advocate for protective worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for people who are injured on the job or suffer work-related illness, and we watchdog government agencies to ensure they enforce these laws.

In addition to advocacy and policy work, we are a support center for California legal aid organizations whose clients encounter workplace health or safety issues, workplace injuries, or retaliation for reporting unsafe work. We provide legal training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to legal aid programs who serve low-wage and immigrant workers, improving access to justice for workers who are most vulnerable to having their rights violated.

More specifically,
(1) Capacity Building through provision of legal support services to workers and pro-worker organizations to increase capacity to address OSH issues so that when crises such as COVID-19 surfaces, workers are poised to take action and protect themselves from workplace hazards and fatalities.

(2) Coalition Building and Strengthening by mobilizing a state-wide effort to advocate for stronger OSH protections and enforcement such that crises such as COVID-19 do not result in a collapse of worker protections.

(3) Policy Advocacy and Agency Oversight to ensure that workers’ OSH rights are protected and enforced, especially in times of emergencies and disasters such as COVID-19 when state agencies may be pressured to be lax in their enforcement.

Our core program touches more than four hundred people a year through direct technical assistance and legal trainings. Because of the nature of our work - advising lawyers, advancing coalitions, communicating with our 3,000 list subscribers - each of our strategies “touches” is amplified by a factor of two to ten or more, as lawyers represent clients in other cases, coalition partners bring our trainings to their members, etc.
To achieve our goals, we count on a team with decades of experience in OSH rights and a wide web of allies and partner organizations

In the past Worksafe has either co-sponsored or served as a key mobilizer for bills that secure stronger OSH protections for workers including the following:
(2019) AB 647 (Kalra) Safety Data Sheets (co-sponsor) - this bill ensures there is better access to multilingual information for California’s diverse nail and beauty salon workers about the health effects of hazardous chemicals in the products used in nail salons.
(2019) AB 5 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) Codifying Dynamex ABC Test (supporter) - Worksafe joined workers and advocates across the state to help pass AB 5, which codified the landmark Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court decision which layed out a new test, the “ABC” test that employers must engage in before classifying a worker as an “independent contractor.”
(2018) AB 2334 (Thurmond) Employer Reporting Requirements for Occupational Injury and Illness (supporter) - Worksafe joined workers and advocates across the state to ensure that Cal/OSHA has six months to cite an employer after discovering a Log 300 reporting. This bill prevents employers from hiding workplace injuries and illnesses.
2016) SB 1167 (Mendoza)(Indoor Heat) requires the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (OSHSB) to issue a standard to protect indoor workers from the hazards of heat exposure by 2019.
(2016) Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for Health Care Workers OSHSB voted to adopt the Workplace Violence for Health Care Workers at its Oct. 20, 2016 meeting. California is the first in the nation to pass a regulation preventing workplace violence. It will require employers to put in place standards and policies to ensure the safety and security of their employees. This standard will help ensure that healthcare workers have the proper tools and training to recognize and protect themselves from potentially hazardous and dangerous working environments.
(2014) SB 193 (Monning) Chemical Disclosure Bill (supporter) - this bill requires chemical manufacturers to report to the state public health agency which state workplaces use their products, so that the agency can notify workers when serious new or previously unrecognized health hazards are discovered.
(2014)AB 1634 Hazard Abatement (co-sponsor) - this bill requires abatement of OSH hazards by limiting stays of abatement orders to the first time a Cal OSH Appeals Board rules (typically 6-8 months, compared to several years of appeals through the courts), and removing an automatic abatement credit that reduced penalties by 50%.
In 2019, to address Wildfire Smoke that had been sweeping across California to the detriment of workers that were forced to work in extremely hazardous and toxic air, Worksafe mobilized to ensure worker protections. Using a two prong approach, Worksafe both co-sponsored a bill, AB 1124 (Maienschein) Wildfire Smoke Permanent Standard and submitted a Petition for a Temporary Emergency Wildfire Smoke Standard along with our partners, the CA Labor Fed and CA Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.


Worksafe Inc

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Worksafe Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alor Calderon

Employee Rights Center

Term: 2019 - 2023

Suzanne Teran

Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP)

Justin Bosl

Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood

Robert Harrison

UCSF Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Carisa Harris-Adamson


Laura Boatman


Cheryl Wallach

Ford & Wallach

Deogracia Cornelio


Ruth Taube

Workers' Rights Kathrine & George Alexander Community Law Center Santa Clara University School of Law

Xochitl Lopez

Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld

Will Rostov

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/19/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Southeast Asian
Gender identity
Non-binary, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

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