2007 -- S 0514 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - WELDING
Introduced By: Senators Ruggerio, McBurney, Maselli, McCaffrey, and Ciccone
Date Introduced: February 13, 2007
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 28-22 of the General Laws entitled "Division of Professional
Regulation" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following sections:
28-22-1.2. Professional regulation board – Composition – Appointment of members.
– (a)(1) There is hereby created in the division of professional regulation, in the department of
labor and training, a professional regulation board which at all times shall consist of seven (7)
qualified electors of the state as follows: three (3) members shall represent labor; three (3)
members shall represent industry; and one member shall be the director of labor and training or
his or her designee.
(2) On or before January 31, the governor shall annually appoint a member or members
of the board to succeed the member or members whose term is at that time expiring who shall
serve for four (4) years or until his or her successor is elected and qualified. Any vacancy that
occurs in the board from any cause shall be filled by the governor for the remainder of the
(b) The board shall supervise the operation of the division in an advisory capacity in
promulgating any policy that is necessary to improve the operation of the division in programs
contained within this chapter which do not fall within the categories enforced by other licensing
boards within the division of professional regulation. The promulgation of that policy is subject
to the approval of the director of the department. Members of the board are subject to the
provisions of chapter 36-14.
28-22-3. Picture IDs -- Welders. – All structural steel and ornamental steel welders
working under the American National Standards Institute Code – AWS D1.1 and AWS D1.5 will
have affixed to their personal welding certificate documents, a legible picture to verify the
welder's identity. Said documents shall be kept in the office on all jobsites in which the welder is
The affixing of the pictures will be the sole responsibility of the certified welding
inspector (CWI), the testing laboratory or engineering firm that originally certified the welder or
any firm that is in the business of certifying welders under these codes.
Upon enactment of this amendment, the division of professional regulation will be
authorized to monitor the veracity of the certificates and ensure that they are properly updated.
This authority also extends to public building inspectors or their representatives.
People or persons, and their primary employer found in violation of this act will be
ordered to stop work immediately, and are subject to the following fines payable to the
department of labor and training, professional regulation division: two hundred fifty dollars
($250) for a first offense for each day in which the violation exists; five hundred dollars ($500)
for a second offense for each day in which the violation exists; and one thousand dollars ($1,000)
for a third and/or subsequent offenses for each day in which the violation exists.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on January 1, 2008.