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Occupational Safety and Health Review Board

Active dates:1973-
Function: Reviews cases involving OSHA citations in Minnesota and proposed penalties.
History: The Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, established in 1973 as the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (Laws 1973 c732 s15), began work in February of 1974. The commission became the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board in 1975 (Laws 1975 c271 s6). The board reviews contested citations and monetary penalties issued under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 (Laws 1973 c732), and all final orders of the commissioner of labor and industry in contested cases. Any employer, employee, or employee representative may contest an OSHA citation by notifying the commissioner within fifteen days of receiving the citation. The board may affirm, modify, or revoke a citation, penalty, or contested order. The board consists of three members, representing management, labor, and the general public, who are appointed by the governor for four-year terms. Although the board is listed as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Labor and Industry Department in legislative manuals and directories, it is referred to as an independent, quasi-judicial body in the department's biennial reports.
Membership: 3 members (representing labor, management, and public); appointed by governor; 4-year terms; per diem and expenses; members file with Ethical Practices Board.; Members of the board:; Homer A. Childs, 1978- ; Jack Fena, 1976-1977; Dan Gustafson, 1975- ; Earl Gustafson, 1975-1976; Kenneth Sovereign, 1975- .; Members are no longer listed in the legislative manuals beginning in 1979-1980, nor in the state telephone directories.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Notes: This should be up to 1975; see Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Council.
Record last updated: 11/04/2015

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