Chapter 4101: SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

4101.01 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.02, 4101.021 Amended and Renumbered RC 121.083, 121.084.

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.03 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.04 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-01-1993 .

4101.05 to 4101.07 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.08 Inspectors of power, refrigerating, hydraulic, heating, and liquefied petroleum gas piping systems.

(A) As used in sections 4101.08 to 4101.084 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Liquefied petroleum gas" means any material which is composed predominantly of any of the following hydrocarbons, or mixtures of the same: propane, propylene, normal butane, or isobutane or butylenes.

(2) "Other gaseous piping systems" excludes natural gas piping gas systems.

(B) The director of the department of industrial relations shall appoint general inspectors of power, refrigerating, hydraulic, heating, and liquefied petroleum gas piping systems. Such inspectors shall be appointed from holders of certificates of competency provided for in section 4101.081 of the Revised Code.

Salaries shall be appropriated in the same manner as the salaries of other employees of state departments, and expenses of such general inspectors shall be provided for in the same manner as the expenses of other employees of state departments.

Amended by 118th General Assembly, SB 264, eff. 07/02/1990

4101.083 Duties of board of building standards.

(A) The board of building standards, established by section 3781.07 of the Revised Code, shall:

(1) Formulate rules governing the design, construction, and installation of power, refrigerating, hydraulic, heating, and liquefied petroleum gas, oxygen, and other gaseous piping systems. Such rules shall prescribe uniform minimum standards necessary for the protection of the public health and safety and shall include rules establishing the safe working pressure to be carried by any such systems; a program for the certification of the welding and brazing procedures proposed to be used on any such system by the owner or operator of any welding or brazing business and for quinquennial performance testing of welders and brazers who work on any such system; and measures for the conservation of energy. Such rules shall be based upon and follow generally accepted engineering standards, formulas, and practices established and pertaining to such piping construction, installation, and testing. The board may, for this purpose, adopt existing published standards, as well as amendments thereto subsequently published by the same authority.

(2) Prescribe the tests, to ascertain the qualities of materials and welding and brazing materials used in the construction of power, refrigerating, hydraulic, heating, and liquefied petroleum gas, oxygen, and other gaseous piping systems;

(3) Make a standard form of certificate of inspection;

(4) Prescribe the examinations for applicants for certificates of competency provided for in section 4101.081 of the Revised Code and performance tests to determine the proficiency of welders and brazers;

(5) Certify municipal and county building departments to inspect power, refrigerating, hydraulic, heating, and liquefied petroleum gas, oxygen, and other gaseous piping systems and adopt rules governing such certification;

(6) Establish the fee to be charged for an inspection made by a general inspector and for the filing and auditing of special inspector reports, and collect all fees established in this section.

The fee for the quinquennial performance tests shall be fifteen dollars and the fee for certification of welding and brazing procedures mentioned in division (A) of this section shall be sixty dollars, except that the board of building standards, with the approval of the controlling board, may establish fees in excess of these fees, provided that the fees do not exceed the amounts of these fees by more than fifty per cent. The fee for each welding and brazing instruction sheet and procedure qualification record shall be fifteen dollars. Any moneys collected under this section shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the industrial relations operating fund created in section 4101.021 of the Revised Code.

(B) Piping is exempt from the requirements for submission of applications and inspections and the necessity to obtain permits, as required under this section and section 4101.084 of the Revised Code, or under rules adopted pursuant to those sections, for power, refrigerating, hydraulic, heating, and liquefied petroleum gas, oxygen, and gaseous piping systems if the piping is used:

(1) In air cooling systems in residential or commercial buildings and if such systems do not exceed five tons (sixty thousand British thermal units per hour) per system; or

(2) In air heating systems in residential or commercial buildings and if such systems do not exceed one hundred fifty thousand British thermal units per hour per system.

(C) The board of building standards may, by rule, exempt from the rules adopted pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section any pressure piping systems which pose no appreciable danger to the public health and safety.

Amended by 119th General Assembly, SB 359, eff. 12/22/1992

4101.09, 4101.10 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.11 Duty of employer to protect employees and frequenters.

Every employer shall furnish employment which is safe for the employees engaged therein, shall furnish a place of employment which shall be safe for the employees therein and for frequenters thereof, shall furnish and use safety devices and safeguards, shall adopt and use methods and processes, follow and obey orders, and prescribe hours of labor reasonably adequate to render such employment and places of employment safe, and shall do every other thing reasonably necessary to protect the life, health, safety, and welfare of such employees and frequenters.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .

4101.12 Duty of employer to furnish safe place of employment.

No employer shall require, permit, or suffer any employee to go or be in any employment or place of employment which is not safe, and no such employer shall fail to furnish, provide, and use safety devices and safeguards, or fail to obey and follow orders or to adopt and use methods and processes reasonably adequate to render such employment and place of employment safe. No employer shall fail to do every other thing reasonably necessary to protect the life, health, safety, and welfare of such employees or frequenters. No such employer or other person shall construct, occupy, or maintain any place of employment that is not safe.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .

4101.13 Duties of employees.

No employee shall remove, displace, damage, destroy, or carry off any safety device or safeguard furnished or provided for use in any employment or place of employment, or interfere in any way with the use thereof by any other person. No employee shall interfere with the use of any method or process adopted for the protection of any employee in such employment or place of employment, or frequenter of such place of employment, or fail to follow and obey orders and to do every other thing reasonably necessary to protect the life, health, safety, and welfare of such employees and frequenters.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .

4101.14 Substantial compliance.

A substantial compliance with the applicable sections of sections 4101.01 to 4101.16, inclusive, and 4121.01 to 4121.29, inclusive, of the Revised Code, is sufficient to give effect to orders, and such orders shall not be declared inoperative, illegal, or void for any omission of a technical nature in respect thereto.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .

4101.15 Prohibited acts.

No employer, employee, or other person shall violate this chapter or Chapter 4121. of the Revised Code, do any act prohibited by such chapters, fail to perform any duty lawfully enjoined, within the time prescribed by the bureau of workers' compensation, for which violation no penalty has been specifically provided, or fail to obey any lawful order given or made by the bureau, or any judgment or decree made by any court in connection with such chapters.

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.16 Every day a separate violation.

Every day during which any person, or corporation, or any officer, agent, or employee thereof fails to observe and comply with any order of the bureau of workers' compensation, or to perform any duty enjoined by this chapter and Chapter 4121. of the Revised Code, constitutes a separate violation of the order or chapters.

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.17 Amended and Renumbered RC 4112.14.

Effective Date: 10-29-1995 .

4101.25 to 4101.30 Amended and Renumbered RC 4111.25 to 4111.30.

Effective Date: 07-01-2000 .

4101.99 Penalty.

(A) Whoever violates section 4101.15 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than fifty nor more than one thousand dollars for a first offense; for each subsequent offense such person shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than five thousand dollars.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .