4121.13 Administrator of workers' compensation - powers and duties.

The administrator of workers' compensation shall:

(A) Investigate, ascertain, and declare and prescribe what hours of labor, safety devices, safeguards, or other means or methods of protection are best adapted to render the employees of every employment and place of employment and frequenters of every place of employment safe, and to protect their welfare as required by law or lawful orders, and establish and maintain museums of safety and hygiene in which shall be exhibited safety devices, safeguards, and other means and methods for the protection of life, health, safety, and welfare of employees;

(B) Ascertain and fix reasonable standards and prescribe, modify, and enforce reasonable orders for the adoption of safety devices, safeguards, and other means or methods of protection to be as nearly uniform as possible as may be necessary to carry out all laws and lawful orders relative to the protection of the life, health, safety, and welfare of employees in employments and places of employment or frequenters of places of employment;

(C) Ascertain, fix, and order reasonable standards for the construction, repair, and maintenance of places of employment as shall render them safe;

(D) Investigate, ascertain, and determine reasonable classifications of persons, employments, and places of employment as are necessary to carry out the applicable sections of sections 4101.01 to 4101.16 and 4121.01 to 4121.29 of the Revised Code;

(E) Adopt reasonable and proper rules relative to the exercise of his powers and authorities, and proper rules to govern his proceedings and to regulate the mode and manner of all investigations and hearings, which rules shall not be effective until ten days after their publication; a copy of the rules shall be delivered at cost to every citizen making application therefor;

(F) Investigate all cases of fraud or other illegalities pertaining to the operation of the workers' compensation system and its several insurance funds and for that purpose, the administrator has every power of an inquisitorial nature granted to the industrial commission in this chapter and Chapter 4123. of the Revised Code;

(G) Do all things convenient and necessary to accomplish the purposes directed in sections 4101.01 to 4101.16 and 4121.01 to 4121.28 of the Revised Code;

(H) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede section 4105.011 of the Revised Code in particular, or Chapter 4105. of the Revised Code in general.

Effective Date: 11-03-1989