2021 Wyoming Statutes
Title 27 - Labor and Employment
Chapter 11 - Occupational Health and Safety
Section 27-11-104 - Occupational Health and Safety Commission; Generally.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 27-11-104 (2021)

27-11-104. Occupational health and safety commission; generally.

(a) There is hereby created an occupational health and safety commission, hereinafter referred to as the "commission," which shall be composed of seven (7) members comprised of one (1) from the general field of employees or employee organizations; one (1) from the general field of business or industry; one (1) medical doctor; and four (4) from the public at large who shall all be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate without regard to political affiliation. The commission members shall choose the commission chairman annually.

(b) The governor may remove any commission member as provided in W.S. 9-1-202.

(c) The terms of the members shall be for six (6) years, except that of the initially appointed members: one (1) from the field of business, and one (1) from the field of labor shall serve six (6) years and one (1) medical doctor who shall serve for a term of six (6) years; and four (4) members from the public at large, one (1) to serve a term of two (2) years, one (1) to serve a term of three (3) years and one (1) to serve a term of four (4) years and one (1) to serve a term of five (5) years. The terms of the members shall terminate on the last day of February of the sixth year after their appointment, except as initially appointed. The governor shall appoint a member to fill a vacancy in accordance with W.S. 28-12-101.

(d) The commission shall hold at least four (4) regular meetings per year at such time and place as the chairman shall specify. Special meetings may be called by the chairman, and special meetings must be called by the chairman upon a written request by four (4) or more members. Four (4) members shall constitute a quorum. Rules, regulations and variances shall not be devised, formulated, adopted, amended or repealed except by majority vote of the entire membership of the commission. All other matters shall be decided by a majority vote of those in attendance and constituting a quorum.

(e) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, § 3.

(f) No member of the commission nor any member of any advisory committees hereinafter referred to, not otherwise in full-time employment of the state, shall receive any salary but shall receive the same per diem, mileage and expense allowance while attending and traveling to and from meetings as officers or employees of the state are allowed.

(g) The commission shall contract with an independent hearing officer to hear all contests of notice of violation, proposed penalty or abatement periods for violations, as written in the notice of violation received by the employer. The hearing officer shall be a qualified member of the bar of Wyoming and may not be an employee of the office of the attorney general or the department or a member of the commission:

(i) The employer shall have the right to contest the alleged violation, abatement period or proposed penalty for violation as written in the notice of violation;

(ii) The employee or the employee representative shall have the right to contest the abatement period as stated in the notice of violation and to participate in any hearings concerning such abatement period;

(iii) The hearing shall be held as soon after receiving the letter of contest and in a city as near the site of occurrence as is practicable;

(iv) All hearings shall be conducted pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act. The hearing officers have the powers specified in W.S. 16-3-112(b). The hearing officer shall make written findings of fact and conclusions of law in each contested case;

(v) The hearing officer shall recommend a decision to the commission. The decision of the commission is the final administrative decision. A party adversely affected by a decision of the commission may appeal to the district court in the county where the violation allegedly occurred.

(h) Effective July 1, 1979, appointments and terms of commission members shall be in accordance with W.S. 28-12-101 through 28-12-103.

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