LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A complaint against the Lake County Jail has led to an inquiry by the state agency that enforces workplace safety regulations.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health – more commonly known as Cal/OSHA – opened an inspection of the jail on Tuesday, according to Erika Monterroza, an agency spokesperson.
The jail, or the Hill Road Correctional Facility as it’s more formally known, is located on Hill Road outside of Lakeport. It’s operated under the auspices of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Monterroza said the inspection was initiated by a complaint.
Cal/OSHA has a process that allows employees to file complaints if they believe their employer is not complying with the law, according to its Web site, http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Contactus.html .
Monterroza said the agency keeps the names of complainants confidential to protect people from retaliation.
She said the agency also doesn’t discuss the specific details of ongoing investigations.
“It could be a very long process,” Monterroza explained.
Cal/OSHA has six months to complete its work on the case. Monterroza said such inquiries usually last three to four months.
Once the inspection is closed, there could be a finding that there were no violations of state occupational safety and health standards and regulations, or there could be a citation, Monterroza explained.
If there is a citation, the employer has the right to appeal, she said.
That appeals process also can be lengthy, according to Monterroza.
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