2009 New Jersey Code
34:6A-35. Inspections; compliance
TITLE 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
34:6A-35 - Inspections; compliance
11. a. The commissioner and the Commissioner of Health shall be charged with making inspections in their jurisdictional areas as specified in section 6 of P.L.1983, c.516 (C.34:6A-30). The commissioner may call on the professional staff of other departments whenever he deems their assistance necessary.
b. Each commissioner shall have the right of immediate entry at reasonable hours and without advance notice into any workplace to conduct such investigations as he may deem necessary. Each commissioner shall maintain records of the results of any investigation under his jurisdiction, which, after a final agency or judicial action is taken regarding any order to comply which results from the inspection, shall be made available to the public upon request, except that any information which identifies an individual employee shall be confidential. The authority of each commissioner to inspect any premises for purposes of investigating an alleged violation under his jurisdiction shall not be limited to the alleged violation but shall extend to any other area of the premises in which he has reason to believe that a violation of any provision of this act under his jurisdiction exists. The Commissioner of Health shall make his inspection records available to the commissioner for purposes of enforcement.
c. If either commissioner concludes that conditions or practices in violation of any provision of this act under his jurisdiction exist in any workplace, he shall inform the affected employees and employers of the danger.
d. Each order to comply issued under this section, or a copy or copies thereof, shall be prominently posted at or near each place where a violation referred to in the order to comply occurred and the commissioner shall make the order available to employee representatives, affected employees and, upon request, to the public.
e. Any employee who accompanies either commissioner on an inspection shall receive payment of normal wages for the time spent during the inspection.
f. Where there is no authorized employee representative, each commissioner or his authorized representative shall consult with a reasonable number of employees concerning matters of health and safety in the workplace.
g. Any person who gives advance notice of any inspection to be conducted under this act, without authority from the commissioner, the Commissioner of Health or their designees, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or by both.
L.1983,c.516,s.11; amended 1995,c.186,s.6.
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