(a) There is hereby created a West Virginia occupational safety and health review commission within the labor department for administrative purposes only. The commission shall consist of three members appointed by the governor, by and with consent of the Senate, from among persons who, by reason of training, education or experience, are qualified to carry out the functions of the commission under this article. The governor shall designate one of the members of the commission to serve as chairman.
(b) Members of the review commission shall serve terms of four years and until their successors are appointed.
(c) The review commission shall hold monthly meetings and such additional meetings as necessary. A majority of the review commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Special meetings of the review commission may be called upon reasonable notice by the commissioner or by any two members of the commission.
(d) The review commission shall hear and rule on appeals from citations, variances and notifications issued under the provisions of this article and shall adopt and promulgate rules with respect to the procedural aspects of its hearings. The rules shall provide affected employees and their representatives an opportunity to participate as parties at hearings under this section. Such employees shall be given time off by their employers to participate in these hearings.
(e) The chairman of the commission and each of the other two members shall be paid a per diem allowance for days in performance of their duties at the rate of one hundred dollars per diem, together with their expenses at a rate determined by law.
(f) To conduct hearings, the review commission or chairman may subpoena and examine witnesses, require the production of evidence, administer oaths and take testimony and depositions.
(g) After hearing an appeal the review commission may sustain, modify or dismiss a citation.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session