Established in 1884 as the Bureau of Statistics
and Information, the Division of Labor and In-
dustry 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 reorgani-
zation in 1916 renamed it the State Board of La-
bor and Statistics and gave it enforcement powers
for all factory acts. The General Assembly made
further changes in 1939 (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 in
1970 (Chapter 402, Acts of 1970).
The Commissioner is appointed by the Secre-
tary of Licensing and Regulation with the approv-
al of the Governor and holds office at the pleasure
of the Secretary. Under the direction of the Com-
missioner, the Division enforces laws and regula-
tions affecting workers and employers. It pro-
motes harmony between industry and labor
through mediation and arbitration of labor dis-
putes and the holding of consent collective bar-
The Division is organized into seven sections
which administer the following laws:
Employment Standards: Hours of Labor (Code
1957, Art. 89, sees. 25 and 26), Employment of
Minors (Code 1957, Art. 100, sees. 4-14), Equal
Pay for Equal Work (Code 1957, Art. 100, sees.
55A-55H), Farm Labor Contractor Registration
(Code 1957, Art. 100, sees. 80A-80F), Wage and
Hour Law (Code 1957, Art. 100, sees. 81-93A),
Lie Detector Tests (Code 1957, Art. 100, sec. 95),
Medical Questions (Code 1957, Art. 100, sec.
95A), Wage Payment and Collection (Code 1957,
Art. 100, sec. 94), Fee Charging Employment
Agencies (Code 1957, Art. 56, sees. 16-170),
Contracts for Public Works (Code 1957, Art. 21,
sees. 8-501 through 8-515).
Railroad Safety: Railroad Safety and Health
(Code 1957, Art. 89, sees. 82-99).
Mediation and Conciliation: Arbitration of Labor
Disputes (Code 1957, Art. 89, sees. 3-13).
Safety Inspection: Boiler and Pressure Vessel
Safety (Code 1957, Art. 48, sees. 167-180A);
Smoking on Public Elevators (Code 1957, Art. 89,
sec. 64); Amusement Park Safety (Code 1957,
Art. 89, sees. 65-81); Elevators, Dumbwaiters,
Escalators, and Moving Walks (Code 1957, Art.
89, sec. 49B).
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Research and Information: Registration of
Workshops and Factories (Code 1957, Art. 27,
Occupational Safety and Health: Occupational
Safety and Health (Code 1957, Art. 89, sees.
Authorization for the Division continues until
July 1, 1994 (Code 1957, Art. 89).
AMUSEMENT RIDE SAFETY
Chairperson: Therese Breza, 1991
Emil Germanos, 1987; Granville D. Trimper,
1987; Michael H. Jones, 1988; Ralph E. Shaw,
1988; Howard M. Mosner, Jr., 1991; Thomas
Pratt, 1991; Bernice W. Newsome, 1992; one
501 St. Paul Place
Baltimore 21202 Telephone: 333^181
Toll Free: 1-800-492-6226
The Amusement Safety Advisory Board was
created in 1976 (Chapter 844, Acts of 1976). It
was renamed the Amusement Ride Safety Adviso-
ry Board in 1979 (Chapter 476, Acts of 1979).
The Board makes recommendations and proposes
to the Commissioner of Labor and Industry regu-
lations and standards for the prevention of condi-
tions detrimental to the public in the use of
amusement rides and attractions, and for the pro-
tection and safety of the public.
The Board consists of nine members appointed
for six-year terms by the Governor with the ad-
vice and consent of the Senate. One member rep-
resents the carnival owners, two the amusement
park owners, and one the State or county fairs.
One member must be a mechanical engineer. Four
members represent the general public. A public
member is designated chairperson.
Authorization for the Board continues until Ju-
ly 1, 1994 (Code 1957, Art. 89, sees. 65-81).
BOARD OF BOILER RULES
Chairperson: Joseph B. Bullock, 1990
William M. Goodwin, Jr., 1988; Louis A.
Koehler, Jr., 1988; Dr. Dirse W. Sallet, 1988;
John J. Barranger, 1989; Ridgely H. Dorsey,
1989; Charles T. Mansfield, Sr., 1989; Russell I.