There is created a public employees occupational safety and health advisory board to assist the commissioner in establishing standards for the occupational safety and health of public employees. The board shall make itself available to receive information regarding matters of concern to public employees in the areas of occupational safety and health.
The board shall be composed of nine members in addition to the commissioner of labor who shall be an ex officio member and shall sit as chairman of the advisory board. The members of the board shall be citizens and residents of this state, who shall be selected on the basis of their responsibility, experience, competence and commitment in the field of public employee occupational safety and health.
The members of the board shall be appointed by and serve at the will and pleasure of the governor. There shall be three members representing public employers, three members who are public employees in the various areas of state and local government, and three members who are not employers or employees as defined in this section and do not represent by their occupation either party. No more than five members appointed by the governor shall be from the same political party.
The terms of all members shall commence on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven. The terms of one member representing public employers, one member representing public employees, and one member representing the general public shall run through the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight. The terms of one other member representing public employers, one other member representing public employees, and one other member representing the general public shall run through the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine. The terms of the remaining member representing public employers, the remaining member representing public employees, and the remaining member representing the general public shall run through the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety. Thereafter, terms of members shall be for three years.
All members shall be eligible for reappointment by the governor. A member shall, unless sooner removed, continue to serve until his term expires and his successor has been appointed by the governor and has qualified. A vacancy caused by the death, resignation, or removal of a member prior to the expiration of his term shall be filled by the governor and only for the remainder of such term.
The members of the advisory board shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for their necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties.