DIVISION OF LABOR AND
Dominic N. Fornaro, Commissioner
Nancy B. Burkheimer, Deputy Commissioner
Raymond E. Lloyd, Assistant Commissioner,
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health
Hilmar B. Christianson, Assistant Commissioner,
Railroad Safety and Health
501 St. Paul Place
Baltimore 21202 Telephone: 659^179
Toll Free: 1-8001^92-6226
Established in 1884 as the Bureau of Statistics
and Information, the Division of Labor and Indus-
try is one of the oldest governmental agencies in
this field in the United States, antedating the U.S.
Department of Labor by one year (Chapter 211,
Acts of 1884). After 1892 the Department was
known as the Industrial Bureau. A reorganization
in 1916 renamed it the State Board of Labor and
Statistics and gave it enforcement powers for all
factory acts. The General Assembly made further
changes by Chapter 747, Acts of 1939, and created
the present Division in 1945 as the Department of
Labor and Industry (Chapter 938, Acts of 1945). It
adopted its present name by Chapter 402, Acts of
The Commissioner is appointed by the Secretary
of Licensing and Regulation with the approval of
the Governor and holds office at the pleasure of
the Secretary. Under the direction of the Commis-
sioner, the Division enforces laws and regulations
affecting workers and employers and promotes
harmony between industry and labor through
mediation and arbitration of labor disputes and the
holding of consent collective bargaining elections.
The Division is organized into seven sections
which administer the following laws:
Employment Standards: Hours of Labor (Code
1957, Art. 89, secs. 25 and 26), Employment of
Minors (Code 1957, Art. 100, secs. 4-14), Equal
Pay for Equal Work (Code 1957, Art. 100, secs.
55A-55H), Farm Labor Contractor Registration
(Code 1957, Art. 100, secs. 80A-80F), Wage and
Hour Law (Code 1957, Art. 100, secs. 81-93), Lie
Detector Tests (Code 1957, Art. 100, sec. 95),
Medical Questions (Code 1957, Art. 100, sec.
95A), Contracts for Public Works (Code 1957,
Art. 21, secs. 8-501 through 8-515), Wage Pay-
ment and Collection (Code 1957, Art. 100, sec.
Railroad Safety: Railroad Safety and Health (Code
1957, Art. 89, secs. 82-99).
Mediation and Conciliation: Arbitration of Labor
Disputes (Code 1957, Art. 89, secs. 1-13).
Safety Inspection: Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safe-
ty (Code 1957, Art. 48, secs. 167-180); Smoking on
Elevators (Code 1957, Art. 89, sec. 64); Amuse-
ment Park Safety (Code 1957, Art. 89, secs.
65-81); Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, and
Moving Walks (Code 1957, Art. 89, sec. 49B).
Research and Information: Registration of Work-
shops and Factories (Code 1957, Art. 27, secs.
Occupational Safety and Health: Occupational
Safety and Health (Code 1957, Art. 89, secs.
Employment Agencies: Fee Charging Employment
Agencies (Code 1957, Art. 56, secs. 161-170).
Authorization for the Division continues until
July 1, 1994 (Chapter 222, Acts of 1984).
AMUSEMENT RIDE SAFETY
Chairperson: N. William Miller, 1988
Howard M. Mosner, Jr., 1985; Edward D. Hilbert,
1986; Richard E. Marchant, 1986; Emil
Germanos, 1987; Granville D. Trimper, 1987;
Michael H. Jones, 1988; Melvin J. Kodenski,
1988; Ralph E. Shaw, 1988.
501 St. Paul Place
Baltimore 21202 Telephone: 659^181
Toll Free: 1-800-^92-6226
The Amusement Safety Advisory Board was
created by Chapter 844, Acts of 1976. It was
renamed the Amusement Ride Safety Advisory
Board by Chapter 476, Acts of 1979. The Board
makes recommendations and proposes reasonable
regulations and standards to the Commissioner for
the prevention of conditions detrimental to the
public in the use of amusement rides and attrac-
tions and for the protection and safety of the
The Board consists of nine members appointed
for six-year terms by the Governor with the advice
and consent of the Senate. One member represents
the amusement ride manufacturers, one the carni-
val owners, two the amusement park owners, and
one the State or county fairs. One member must be
a mechanical engineer. Three members represent