§23-2B-2. Mandatory programs; safety committees; requirements; rules; exceptions.
(a) Based upon and to the extent authorized by criteria established by the executive director, the commission is authorized to conduct special inspections or investigations focused on specific problems or hazards in the workplace with or without the agreement of the employer. The executive director shall issue a report on his or her findings and shall furnish a copy of the report to the employer and to any bargaining unit representing the employees of the employer. The executive director may share information obtained or developed pursuant to this article with other governmental agencies.

(b) For any employer whose experience modification factor exceeds the criteria established by the board of managers, the executive director may require the employer to establish a safety committee composed of representatives of the employer and the employees of the employer.

(c) In carrying out the provisions of this article, the executive director shall propose rules for promulgation which shall include, but are not limited to, the following provisions:

(1) Prescribing the membership of the committees, training, frequency of meetings, recordkeeping and compensation of employee representatives on safety committees; and

(2) Prescribing the duties and functions of safety committees which include, but are not limited to:

(A) Establishing procedures for workplace safety inspections and for investigating job-related accidents, illnesses and deaths; and

(B) Evaluating accident and illness prevention programs.

(d) An employer that is a member of a multiemployer group operating under a collective bargaining agreement that contains provisions regulating the formation and operation of a safety committee that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of this section is considered to have met the requirements of this section.

(e) It is not the purpose of this article to either supercede the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act program, federal Mine Safety and Health Act program or to create a state counterpart to these programs.