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Phil Hooper
Deputy Commissioner
(919) 807-2787

Standards and Inspections Division

The Standards and Inspections Division is divided into five bureaus:

Boiler Safety Bureau — The bureau regulates the construction, installation, repair, alteration, inspection, use and operation of vessels. The bureau conducts periodic inspections of vessels, monitors inspection reports, and maintains records on ownership, location and condition of working boilers and pressure vessels. It also issues operating certificates to boiler owners and operators who meet requirements.

Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau — The Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau oversees, except in federal buildings, the installation and safe operation of elevators, escalators, workman's hoists, dumbwaiters, moving walks, aerial passenger tramways, amusement rides, included railways and lifting devices for people with disabilities. The bureau conducts more than 24,000 annual inspections and approves plans and applications for equipment that falls under its jurisdiction.

Employment Discrimination Bureau — The Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act protects employees who in good faith file or initiate an inquiry about workers' compensation claims or exercise their rights under state law. Investigators examine the complaints filed and, if the complaint is found without merit, advise the complainant on legal recourses. If the complaint is found to be valid, the bureau attempts conciliation through information means before issuing a right-to-sue letter or taking the complaint to court.

Mine and Quarry Bureau — The Mine and Quarry Bureau conducts inspections, education and training, and technical assistance on the operation of more than 440 private-sector mines, quarries and sand and gravel pit operations. The bureau also inspects abandoned surface mines for the protection of the general public, promotes rockhound safety, and conducts an explosives safety course for anyone handling or using explosives.

Wage and Hour Bureau — The Wage and Hour Bureau enforces laws that cover minimum wage, maximum hours, wage payment and child labor. Wage payment provisions—which include the payment of promised vacation, sick pay or other benefits—cover all employees except those in federal, state and local government. The bureau investigates worker complains and collects back wages owed to employees.

The bureau also licenses and regulates private personnel and job listing services. Companies that charge their clients must obtain a license from the department.

Youth employment certificates are required for workers under 18 years of age and are available online. This age group is prohibited from employment in certain hazardous conditions.



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