Worksafe is a California-based organization dedicated to eliminating all types of workplace hazards. The organizations advocates for protective worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for injured workers. Worksafe watchdogs government agencies to ensure they enforce these laws. The organizations also engages in campaigns in coalition with unions, workers, community, environmental and legal organizations, and scientists to eliminate hazards and toxic chemicals from the workplace.
In addition to advocacy and policy work, they 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. They 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.
Worksafe began in the late 1970s when a group of labor, community, and occupational health educators and activists came together to advocate for safety and health for California’s workers. The organization has roots in two past groups, BACOSH (Bay Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health) and SCCOSH (Santa Clara Center on Occupational Safety and Health).
These two organizations became CalCOSH in 2004, and the name of the organization was changed to Worksafe in 2006.
Worksafe and its predecessor organizations have a long track record of improving workplace health and safety in California. From the start they have helped to train and empower thousands of at-risk workers. Since the early 2000s, they have provided support services to legal aid organizations across California so that they are better able to deliver occupational health and safety - along with workers' compensation advice and representation - to their low-wage worker clients.