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AB-783 Surface mines: safety regulation. (2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/16/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 783


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

February 16, 2021


An act to amend Section 7953 of, and to add Section 7964.6 to, the Labor Code, relating to occupational safety.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 783, as introduced, Gray. Surface mines: safety regulation.
Existing law, enforced by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, defines and regulates mines and tunnels and distinguishes between above ground, or surface mines, and underground mines. Existing law requires that sufficient manpower be maintained to provide for 4 annual inspections of underground mines, one inspection of surface mines or quarries annually, and 6 inspections of tunnels under construction annually.
This bill would authorize a surface mine that has been accepted into, and is currently in compliance with, the Voluntary Protection Program of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to be excepted from the annual inspection requirement described above. The bill would prohibit the division from issuing a citation or notice to a surface mine employer more than 6 months after the occurrence of a violation. For inspections at a surface mine, the bill would require the division to provide the employer a specified notice of hazard within 72 hours after the inspection for observable conditions that may cause an injury if not addressed with reasonable promptness. The bill would prohibit the absence of identification of particular conditions in a notice, or the failure of the division to note particular conditions in a notice, from being grounds to dismiss or prevent applicable enforcement or corrective action.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 7953 of the Labor Code is amended to read:

7953.
 (a) Sufficient manpower shall be maintained to provide for four annual inspections of underground mines, one inspection of surface mines or quarries annually, and six inspections of tunnels under construction annually.
(b) A surface mine that has been accepted into, and is currently in compliance with, the division’s Voluntary Protection Program, may be excepted from annual inspections under subdivision (a).

SEC. 2.

 Section 7964.6 is added to the Labor Code, to read:

7964.6.
 (a) A citation or notice shall not be issued to a surface mine employer by the division more than six months after the occurrence of the violation at issue.
(b) (1) For inspections at a surface mine, that is not otherwise an underground mine, as defined in subdivision (k) of Section 7951, within 72 hours after the inspection, the division shall provide the employer a written notice, to be titled “Notice of HAZARD,” for observable conditions that may cause an injury if not addressed with reasonable promptness. The notice shall be specific as to the equipment, activity, location, and standard at issue.
(2) (A) The notice described in paragraph (1) shall include a statement in substantially the following form: “This is advisory information to promote safety and health and is not an official finding. Corrective action taken will not impact an official finding or eventual citation.”
(B) This paragraph does not apply for inspections conducted to investigate an accident.
(c) The absence of an identification of particular conditions in a notice, or the failure of the division to note particular conditions in a notice, shall not be grounds to dismiss or prevent applicable enforcement or corrective action.