The City & County of San Francisco is committed to identifying and preventing employee exposures to avoidable hazards and conditions that can lead to injuries, illnesses, or accidents. This is especially important during the COVID pandemic. Safety is everybody's job, and all employees are encouraged to remain alert and correct hazardous conditions and unsafe acts - if it is safe to do so - and/or report them to their supervisors.

City employees may also report unsafe or unhealthy conditions by emailing DHR at, or by calling the DHR Safety Reporting Line: 415-557-4999.

DHR staff check for messages every two hours during the work week. For situations where there is an imminent danger to life, employees should call 911. Procedures and phone numbers to call should a City employee be injured on the job. Contact immediate supervisor to start the process.

Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP)

City departments have Injury and Illness Prevention programs (IIPP) to maintain safe and healthful workplaces and to comply with Federal and State laws. Each department's IIPP are available through the department’s worksite managers and human resources representatives.

The Department of Human Resources’ IIPP can be accessed here: Department of Human Resources' Injury and Illness Prevention Program .

To Request a Safety Consultation or further discuss workplace safety guidance, please email the Department of Human Resources Safety Officer

City Departmental Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs)

Definitions of Serious Injury and Illness and Reporting to Cal/OSHA

A serious injury or illness is defined as one involving:

  • inpatient hospitalization, regardless of length of time, for other than medical observation or diagnostic testing;
  • amputation;
  • loss of an eye; or
  • serious degree of permanent disfigurement.

Included under the definition of "serious injury or illness" are accidents that result in serious injury, illness, or death that occur in a construction zone on a public street or highway caused by the commission of a Penal Code violation.

A serious exposure is defined as an exposure to a hazardous substance that occurs as a result of an incident, accident, emergency, or exposure over time and is in a degree or amount sufficient to create a realistic possibility that death or serious physical harm in the future could result the exposure.

Workers’ Compensation Claims that are OSHA Recordable

A work-related injury or illness must be recorded if it results in one or more of the following:

  1. Death
  2. Days away from work
  3. Restricted work or transfer to another job
  4. Medical treatment beyond first aid
  5. Loss of consciousness
  6. A significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional.

Learn more about When to Report Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

Prevention Program Developments