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DOSH Programs

Eleven separate programs 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 Bureau inspects and enforces safety and health provisions covering, among others, amusement devices, 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 sale of explosives, and companies involved in the manufacture of explosives.
  • 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. Also see information about the Asbestos Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Program.
  • The Boiler Safety Bureau 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 On-Site Consultation Program 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.
  • The Mold Program encompasses inspection, assessment, remediation and work standards.
  • Asbestos Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Program
  • 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. See the list of written and practical exams on this website. You must pass the written test prior to taking the practical test. Certifications are valid for three years, after which applicants must satisfy both written and practical assessments to be recertified.

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