Office of Employee Safety and Assistance

Occupational Safety

The Department is legally and morally responsible for the safety of its employees. Safe work conditions and safe work procedures are essential to the efficient functioning of the California Highway Patrol. The Department is also responsible for ensuring that everything possible will be done to protect employees from accidents, injuries, occupational illnesses, and exposures to hazardous substances.

The Department's occupational safety program consists of several elements:

  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).
  • Hazardous Substances Program.
  • Defensive Driver Training.
  • Hazardous Exposure Control Programs.
  • Ergonomic Program
  • State Business Vehicle Accident Reporting
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Heat / Illness Prevention

Employee Assistance

Employee Assistance is responsible for providing aid and relief to CHP Employees during difficult times, enhance their overall well-being, and reduce the potential for job-related problems that may result when an employee is distracted by personal or job-related difficulties. Each of the programs have a unique focus and is specifically designed to provide employees and their families with the appropriate type of assistance including, but not limited to: critical incident stress reactions; marital problems; illness or death of a friend, family member or coworker; depression; cancer survival; addictions; and financial concerns.

The OEA supports the following programs to assist CHP Employees:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Peer Support Program (PSP)
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD) Program
  • Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
  • Employee Substance Abuse Program (ESAP)
  • Cancer Survivor Support Group (CSSG)
  • Military Deployment Program (MDP)
  • Wellness Program

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