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ENROLLED

COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

H. B. 4312

(By Delegates Staggers and Lawrence)

 

[Passed March 8, 2014; in effect ninety days from passage.]

 

AN ACT to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-4C-6c; and to amend and reenact §22A-10-1 of said code, all relating to creating a certification for emergency medical technician-industrial; establishing the certification and recertification requirements; specifying the term of the certification; restricting the practice of emergency medical technician-industrial; clarifying that emergency medical technician-industrial certification replaces emergency medical technician-miner certification; allowing the emergency medical technician-miner certification courses and examinations to be used for emergency medical technician-industrial certification; and authorizing rule-making authority for Commissioner of Bureau for Public Health in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-4C-6c; and that §22A-10-1 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

ARTICLE 4C. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ACT.

§16-4C-6c. Certification requirements for emergency medical     technician-industrial.

    (a) Commencing July 1, 2014, an applicant for certification as an emergency medical technician-industrial shall:

    (1) Be at least eighteen years old;

    (2) Apply on a form prescribed by the Commissioner;

    (3) Pay the application fee;

    (4) Possess a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification;

    (5) Successfully complete an emergency medical technician-industrial education program authorized by the Commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification; and

    (6) Successfully complete emergency medical technician-industrial cognitive and skills examinations authorized by the Commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (b) The emergency medical technician-industrial certification is valid for three years.

    (c) A certified emergency medical technician-industrial is only authorized to practice during his or her regular employment on industrial property. For the purposes of this section, “industrial property” means property being used for production, extraction or manufacturing activities.

    (d) To be recertified as an emergency medical technician-industrial, a certificate holder shall:

    (1) Apply on a form prescribed by the commissioner;

    (2) Pay the application fee;

    (3) Possess a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification;

    (4) Successfully complete one of the following:

    (A) A one-time thirty-two hour emergency medical technician-industrial recertification course authorized by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification; or

    (B) Three annual eight-hour retraining and testing programs authorized by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification; and

    (5) Successfully complete emergency medical technician-industrial cognitive and skills recertification examinations authorized by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (e) Commencing July 1, 2014, the certification for emergency medical technician-miner, also known as emergency medical technician-mining, shall be known as the certification for emergency medical technician-industrial, and the certification is valid until the original expiration date, at which time the person may recertify as an emergency medical technician-industrial pursuant to this section.

    (f) The education program, training, courses, and cognitive and skills examinations required for certification and recertification as an emergency medical technician-miner, also known as emergency medical technician-mining, in existence on January 1, 2014, shall remain in effect for the certification and recertification of emergency medical technician-industrial until they are changed by legislative rule by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (g) The administration of the emergency medical technician-industrial certification and recertification program by the commissioner shall be done in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (h) The commissioner shall propose rules for legislative approval, pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification, and may propose emergency rules, to:

    (1) Establish emergency medical technician-industrial certification and recertification courses and examinations;

    (2) Authorize providers to administer the certification and recertification courses and examinations, including mine training personnel, independent trainers, community and technical colleges, and Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA): Provided, That the mine training personnel and independent trainers must have a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and must be an approved MSHA or OSHA certified instructor;

    (3) Establish a fee schedule: Provided, That the application fee may not exceed ten dollars and there shall be no fee for a certificate; and

    (4) Implement the provisions of this section.

CHAPTER 22A. MINERS' HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRAINING.

ARTICLE 10. EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.

§22A-10-1. Emergency personnel in coal mines.

    (a) Emergency medical services personnel must be employed on each shift at every mine that:

    (1) Employs more than ten employees; and

    (2) Has more than eight persons present on the shift.

    (b) The emergency medical services personnel must be employed at their regular duties at a central location or, when more than one person is required pursuant to the provisions of subsection(d) of this section, at a location which provides for convenient, quick response to an emergency. The emergency medical services personnel must have available to them at all times such equipment prescribed by the Director of the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health.

    (c) “Emergency medical services personnel” means any person certified by the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, or authorities recognized and approved by the commissioner, to provide emergency medical services as authorized in article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code, including emergency medical technician- -industrial.

    (d) At least one emergency medical services personnel shall be employed at a mine for every fifty employees or any part thereof who are engaged at any time, in the extraction, production or preparation of coal. 

    (e) Commencing July 1, 2014, the certification for emergency medical technician-miner, also known as emergency medical technician-mining, shall be known as the certification for emergency medical technician-industrial, and the certification is valid until the original expiration date, at which time the person may recertify as an emergency medical technician-industrial pursuant to section six-c, article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code.

    (f) A person wanting to be certified or recertified as an emergency medical technician-industrial must comply with the provisions of section six-c, article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code.

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