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DOSH Programs

Ten separate programs plus a licensing unit come under the DOSH umbrella of protection:

  • The Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Bureau oversees workplace protection of public employees at the State and local level.
  • The Industry Inspection unit inspects and enforces safety and health provisions covering, among others, amusement devices, elevators, window cleaning and ski tows.
  • The License and Certification unit (L&C) issues licenses or certificates involving asbestos contractors and workers, crane operators, laser operators, blasters, and possession, storage and transportation of explosives, and companies involved in the manufacture of explosives.
  • The Radiological Health unit (RHU) helps protect people against the dangers of exposure to radioactive materials and hazards from laser energy. They enforce Code Rule 38 and Code Rule 50.
  • The Asbestos Control Bureau's responsibility is to protect the public against toxic hazards from asbestos fiber exposure associated with the demolition, rehabilitation and renovation of buildings and other structures containing asbestos.
  • The Boiler Safety unit inspects most of the boilers in New York State.
  • The Mine Safety Training Program (MSHA) provides safety and health training for workers in mining industries in New York State.
  • The Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Program (also referred to as Industrial Code Rule 59) monitors compliance with the regulation and provides certification for private and public sector consultants who can perform the required services.
  • The Hazard Abatement Board (HAB)  is a five-member board appointed by the Governor.  It awards grants for programs that provide safety and health training for public and private employers, labor unions, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and trade associations. This Board administers the state's Capital Abatement Program.
  • The On-Site Consultation Services unit (21D) provides free on-site guidance to private employers to help businesses determine whether they are in compliance with Federal safety and health standards and show them how to eliminate hazards that are found.
  • The Engineering Services unit (ESU) is also involved in the consultation process. Staff engineers review plans and approve applications for places of public assembly, ski tows, tramways, etc.

Crane Operators Certificate of Competence

Crane operators must have 3 years of practical experience prior to applying.
This practical experience is to be obtained working under the direct supervision of a certified operator. Once the application is accepted, the applicant must pass a written exam and a practical exam to become certified. This process is used to ensure the skill level of crane operators in NYS; thus protecting the public and coworkers from the hazards of cranes tipping over, dropped loads and other accidents that can occur from an unskilled person operating a crane.

There are also district offices located throughout the state. Please see the DOSH Directory for information on how to contact individual Division of Safety & Health offices and programs.

For a list of the regulations that come under the jurisdiction of the Division of Safety & Health, please see Industrial Code Rules.

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