The Executive Office provides the direction and leadership necessary to plan, develop and administer programs and activities in OEHHA. Other functions provided by the executive office include legal support to various programs, legislative analysis and liaison, communication and public information, and administrative functions relating to OEHHA’s Proposition 65 activities.
The Administrative Services Division carries out the various administrative tasks necessary to support the Office, including contracts and business services, human resources, fiscal services, and information technology.
The Air and Site Assessment and Climate Indicators Branch (ASACIB) has wide-ranging responsibilities that include assessing the health effects of toxic air contaminants and other airborne contaminants; conducting innovative research tracking the impacts of climate change on California’s biota and physical systems; assisting state and local agencies in the review of hazards and ecological risks posed by contaminated sites; and implementing CalEPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Program.
Specific program activities within ASACIB
Air Toxics “Hot Spots” Program
Climate Change Indicators Program
Contaminated Site Risk Assessment
Children’s Environmental Health Protection
The Community and Environmental Epidemiology Research Branch (CEERB) has responsibilities that include assessing the health effects of criteria air pollutants through epidemiological studies; conducting innovative research of public-health issues related to climate change and the state’s response to it; identifying California communities with the highest burdens and vulnerabilities to pollution; developing methods to evaluate the adequacy of drinking water provided to communities; exposures and effects from chemicals from petroleum-related operations; and supporting emergency response efforts related to hazardous chemicals.
Specific program activities within CEERB
Criteria Air Pollutants
Oil and Gas Operations
Human Health Impacts of Climate Change
The Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch (PETB) is composed of five sections performing various activities pertaining to different aspects of pesticide toxicity and epidemiology, drinking water contaminants, contaminants in fish and shellfish, and the potential health effects of synthetic turf.
Specific program activities within PETB
Pesticide Risk Assessment
Pesticide Epidemiology Program
Public Health Goal Program
Fish, Ecotoxicology, and Ambient Water Program
The Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch (RCHAB) has responsibilities that include conducting the scientific activities associated with OEHHA’s role as the lead agency for the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65); operating the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (Biomonitoring California) in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the Department of Toxic Substances Control; and conducting exposure and health risk analyses for reproductive and developmental toxicants and carcinogens.
Specific program activities within RCHAB
Proposition 65 Scientific Activities