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Division of Safety & Health Boards and Councils

DOSH oversees several boards and councils.

Blasters Board of Examiners

  • Staff Contact
    Martha Waldman, Safety & Health Program Manager 1
    Room 161 Building 12, State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240
    (518) 457-2735 email – Martha.Waldman@labor.ny.gov
  • Responsibilities
    • Make recommendations to the Commisioner of Labor with respect to examinations, experience, and competence of such applicants.
    • Holds hearings prior to Commissioner's determination to suspend or revoke certificates, or to refuse renewal of certificates.
    • Reports findings and recommendations to the Commissioner with respect to such hearings.
  • Authority
    12 NYCRR 61
  • Membership Structure
    Three members appointed by the Commissioner of Labor. At least one shall be a blaster who holds a valid certificate of competence and at least one other member shall be a representative of explosives manufacturers.
    • John Brulia - certified blaster and represents manufacturers
    • John Curry
    • Bill Young - certified blaster
  • Frequency of Meetings:
    As Needed
  • Meeting Location
    Albany, NY
  • Program Justification Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health

Boiler Board of Examiners

  • Staff Contact
    Peter Vescio, Jr., Program Manager Boiler Safety Unit
    Room 165 Building 12, State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240
    ((518) 457 –2722 email – Peter.Vescio@labor.ny.gov
  • Responsibilities
    Conducts examinations of those persons who inspect boilers as employees of insurance companies licensed to write boiler insurance in New York State.
  • Authority
    12 NYCRR 4 - 2.6 and 14 - 2.11
  • Membership Structure
    Three members, in addition to the department's chief boiler inspector, one representative of a boiler manufacturer, one representative of an insurance company, and one representative of boiler operators. The members are appointed by the Commissioner of Labor and are as follows:
    • Peter L. Vescio, Jr. - New York State Department of Labor
    • Jack Okonski - Boiler Manufacturers
    • Robert Kachkoff - Insurance Co.
    • Ronald Bess - Boiler Operators
  • Frequency of Meetings:
    As Needed
  • Meeting Location
    Albany, NY
  • Program Justification
    Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health
  • Comments
    No provision for quorum

Carnival, Fair and Amusement Park Safety Advisory Board

  • Staff Contact
    Kirk Fisher, Supervisor - Industry Inspection Unit
    Room - 157 Building 12 State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240
    Phone (518) 457-2131 email – Kirk.Fisher@labor.ny.gov
  • Responsibilities
    Advises the Commissioner of Labor about rules and regulations that prevent personal injuries in the use of amusement devices at carnivals, fairs, and amusement parks.
  • Authority

    Section 870-n of the Labor Law

    Board Members
    • Daniel O'Hare - Chair, Governor recommendation
    • Leo Dylewski - Member, Governor recommendation
    • Paul D. Gilmour - Member, Minority Leader of the Senate recommendation
    • Valerio Ferrari - Member, Governor recommendation
    • Robert Kramarik Jr. - Member, Minority Leader of the Assembly recommendation
    • James Martina - Member, Temporary President of the Senate recommendation
    • Joseph Montalto - Member, Speaker of the Assembly recommendation
    • Rob Norris - Member, Governor recommendation
    • Leslie Powers - Member, Temporary President of the Senate recommendation
    • Mark St. Jacques - Member, Governor recommendation
  • Membership Structure
    Eleven members: five appointed by the Governor, two appointed by the Presedent of the Senate, two appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly. The term of service is five years or until a successor is appointed. The Governor designates one of his appointees to serve as chairperson.
  • Frequency of Meetings:
    As Needed
  • Meeting Location
    Various locations throughout the state as required.
  • Program Justification Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health
  • Comments
    No provision for quorum

Crane Operator Board of Examiners

  • Staff Contact
    Martha Waldman, Safety & Health Program Manager 1
    Room 161 Building 12, State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240
    Phone (518) 457-2735 email – Martha.Waldman@labor.ny.gov
  • Responsibilities
    • Make recommendations to the Commisioner of Labor with respect to examinations, experience, and competence of such applicants.
    • Holds hearings prior to determinations by the Commissioner to suspend or revoke certificates, or to refuse to renew certificates.
    • Report findings and recommendations to the Commissioner with respect to such hearings
  • Authority

    12 NYCRR 61

  • Membership Structure
    Three members appointed by the Commissioner of Labor: one of whom is a crane operator and one represents crane owners.
    • Robert Jones - certified crane operator
    • Robert Alger - represents crane owners
    • David Ruppert
    • Theron Hogle - certified operator
    • John Dillon - certified operator, represents crane owners
  • Frequency of Meetings:
    As Needed
  • Meeting Location
    Various locations throughout the state as required.
  • Program Justification Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health
  • Comments
    No provision for quorum

Occupation Safety & Hazard Abatement Board (HAB)

  • Please visit the Safety & Hazard Abatement Board website.
  • Staff Contact
    Program Manager Occupation Safety & Health Training & Evaluation (OSHT&E)
    Room 166, Building 12 State Office Campus Albany, NY 12240
    Phone (518) 457-7629
  • Responsibilities
    • Receives, reviews, and acts upon applications for funding of capital projects designed to abate occupational safety and health hazards which have been found by the Commissioner of Labor to violate Section 27-a of the Labor Law.
    • Receives, reviews, and acts upon applications for occupational safety and health training and education grants pursuant to Article 29 of the Labor Law.
    • Recommends occupational safety and health standards to the Commissioner of Labor for adoption that protect public sector employees.
  • Authority

    Sections 27-a and 886 of the State of New York Labor Law

  • Membership Structure
    Five members appointed by the Governor: one shall be recommended by the Temporary President of the Senate, one recommended by the Speaker of the Assembly and one recommended by the State Comptroller. Members serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Governor designates one of the members to serve as chairperson.
    • Katherine Schrier, Chair, Senate President Pro-Tem recommendation
    • Robert Gollnick, Member, State Comptroller recommendation
    • Gerald Skrzeczkowski, Member, Governor recommendation
    • Franklin Mirer, Phd, CIH, Member, Governor recommendation
    • Anne Marie Talerico, Member, Assembly Speaker recommendation
  • Frequency of Meetings:
    Quarterly
  • Meeting Location
    Various locations throughout the state as required.
  • Program Justification Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health
  • Comments
    Quorum - a majority of membership.

Passenger Tramway Advisory Council

  • Staff Contact
    Kirk Fisher, Supervisor - Industry Inspection Unit
    Room - 157 Building 12 State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240
    Phone (518) 457-2131 email – Kirk.Fisher@labor.ny.gov
  • Responsibilities
    Advises the Commissioner of Labor regarding rules and regulations that prevent personal injuries from occurring in the use of ski tows, other passenger tramways and downhill ski areas.
  • Authority

    Section 12c of the Labor Law

    Board Members
    • James Ruhl, Ph.D. – Chair, Public
    • Russel R. Coloton, Jr. – Member, Ski Area
    • Gerald R. Fielding – Member, Ski Area
    • Dan Frank – Member, Ski Area
    • William Gilbert – Member, Ski Area
    • Bernie McGarry - Member, Public
    • Tom Sanford - Member, Public
  • Membership Structure
    Seven members appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate for a five-year term or until a successor is appointed. The Governor designates one of the members to serve as chairperson. Four members shall be an officer or an employee of a privately-operated ski center, and three members shall be representatives of the public.
  • Frequency of Meetings:
    As Needed
  • Meeting Location
    Various locations throughout the state as required
  • Program Justification Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health
  • Comments
    No provision for quorum

Pyrotechnician Board of Examiners

  • Staff Contact
    Martha Waldman, Safety & Health Program Manager 1
    State Office Campus, Bldg. 12, Room 161, Albany, NY 12240
    Phone (518) (518) 457-2735 email – Martha.Waldman@labor.ny.gov
  • Responsibilities
    • Make recommendations to the Commisioner of Labor with respect to examinations, experience, and competence of such applicants
    • Hold hearings prior to Commissioner's determination to suspend or revoke certificates, or to refuse renewal of certificates
    • Report findings and recommendations to the Commissioner with respect to such hearings
  • Authority
    12NYCRR 61
  • Membership Structure
    The Commisioner shall appoint at least three examining boards. At least one member of such board shall be a certified Pyrotechnician and at least one other member of such board shall be a representative of a company that conducts pyrotechnics or fireworks shows.
    • Paul Dean Jr. - Certified Pyrotechnician
    • Kevin Fritschler - Representative of a Company
    • Flex Grucci - Representative of a Company
    • Steve Krishoff - Certified Pyrotechnician
    • Robert Lapietro - Certified Pyrotechnician
    • William Minnich Jr. - Representative of a Company
    • James Young - Representative of a Company
  • Frequency of Meetings:
    As Needed
  • Meeting Location
    Various locations throughout the state as required
  • Program Justification Worker Protection, Division of Safety & Health

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