2021 Wyoming Statutes
Title 27 - Labor and Employment
Chapter 11 - Occupational Health and Safety
Section 27-11-105 - Occupational Health and Safety Commission; Powers and Duties of Commission and Department.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 27-11-105 (2021)

27-11-105. Occupational health and safety commission; powers and duties of commission and department.

(a) The department, in consultation with the commission, has the powers and is hereby charged with the duties:

(i) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, §§ 2, 3.

(ii) To develop and formulate, a comprehensive program for the prevention, control and abatement of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions and to direct state agencies and their staffs to compile statistics, do research, do investigation and any other duties where practical, possible and not inconsistent with the purposes of this act;

(iii) To assure that all agencies and their staffs shall comply with directives of the commission in regard to occupational health and safety;

(iv) To cooperate, as specified in W.S. 27-2-105 and in section 24(a) of Public Law 91-596 in the collection, compilation and analysis of data relative to the occurrence of occupational injuries and illnesses;

(v) To compile statistics and to require such reports as may be needed to aid in accomplishing this purpose;

(vi) To do research on the causes and methods of preventing occupational diseases and accidents;

(vii) To promote accident prevention and occupational disease prevention programs and to provide consultative and educational assistance;

(viii) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, §§ 2, 3.

(ix) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, §§ 2, 3.

(x) To select or give emphasis to those areas and segments of the business and industrial community which need the concentrated attention and assistance of the commission and its employees;

(xi) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, §§ 2, 3.

(xii) To enter into agreements with agencies of the United States government for assistance, cooperation and enforcement of safety laws and to accept funds from such federal agencies for the purpose of carrying out any of the provisions of this act;

(xiii) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, §§ 2, 3.

(xiv) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, §§ 2, 3.

(xv) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 63, §§ 2, 3.

(xvi) To institute or cause to be instituted appropriate civil or criminal actions to enforce the provisions of this act and the rules and regulations promulgated under this act.

(b) The commission has the following powers and duties:

(i) To prescribe rules of practice and procedure;

(ii) To promulgate, devise, formulate, adopt, amend, and repeal rules and regulations and to appoint advisory committees equally composed of employers and employees from the industries involved to assist and advise the commission:

(A) All rules and regulations shall be reviewed as needed and revised as necessary. Such review would be under the same procedures as the original establishment of the rules and regulations;

(B) The standards set by rule and regulation by the commission shall take into consideration recognized and accepted national codes, recognized industrial standards or similar, in whole or in part, but shall not be limited exclusively to these;

(C) The rules and regulations shall not be more stringent than corresponding federal rules and regulations. If there are no corresponding federal rules or regulations the commission may adopt applicable state rules and regulations.

(iii) To exempt from coverage under this act any trade or business when the commission deems federal or other authority is adequate and dual or overlapping authority would result. If any trade or business is exempted under this section the commission shall file a detailed report with the governor showing the reasons for such exemption together with an affirmance by the federal or other authority that the coverage is adequate;

(iv) To require that any rules and regulations of the commission be a part of construction, maintenance or servicing contracts or other contracts as the commission may determine;

(v) To consider and grant in accordance with and subject to the terms and limitations provided in W.S. 27-11-111, variances from standards, rules and regulations promulgated under this act;

(vi) To require the employer to be charged with the following duties:

(A) Each employer shall furnish to his employees, a place of employment and employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm;

(B) Each employer shall comply with occupational safety and health standards, rules, regulations and orders issued pursuant to this act.

(vii) To require the employee to be charged with the following duty, each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations and orders issued pursuant to this act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.

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