ABOUT THE DIVISION OF INDUSTRIAL COMPLIANCE AND LABOR
The Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor is a division of the Ohio Department
"Uphold Ohio’s regulatory requirements through prompt, efficient, customer service."
"Ensuring a safe environment and improving the quality of life for Ohioans."
The Superintendent of Industrial Compliance and Labor is appointed by the Director
of the Ohio Department of Commerce. Assisted by a Chief Legal Council, the Superintendent
administers the activities of the Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor. The
Division's functions are divided into the following sections:
- Building Code Compliance
- Industrialized Units
- Labor & Worker Safety
- Steam Engineers
These sections are supported by both a fiscal section and an office administration
Senior Leader: Superintendent David Williamson
We serve two primary types of customers:
- Ohio's citizens
- Ohio's workers and industrial components
Bureau of Building Code Compliance
The Bureau of Building Code Compliance reviews building plans to insure compliance
Ohio Building Code for new construction projects, along with major renovations,
additions, or alterations to existing structures.
The Bureau has jurisdiction over all State universities, State-funded projects,
State-owned properties, and all structures other than one-, two-, or three-family
dwellings, except where local certified building departments have jurisdiction.
Applications with architectural drawings for plan review may be sent by mail, e-mail,
or dropped off at
our office in Reynoldsburg. Smaller projects can utilize our walk-in and
same-day review service. Walk-in appointments are scheduled in advance between 7:30
AM and 2:00 PM daily.
The Inspection Section ensures that construction, electrical wiring, and plumbing
proceed in accordance with the
Ohio Building Code. The duties of the Bureau include inspection of new construction,
and of additions and alterations to existing structures.
This section contains the Building Inspection Section, Electrical Inspection Section,
and Plumbing Section.
The Plumbing Section enforces the Ohio Plumbing Code and certifies plumbing inspectors.
These inspectors help maintain a safe water source by enforcing proper design &
installation of water waste and vent piping systems. The Plumbing Section reviews
plumbing plans before issuing permits and dispatches inspectors to enforce code
This program helps protect the environment and safeguards the potable water system
for all the citizens of Ohio. Backflow refers to the unintentional reversal of flow
in a potable water system that may result in contamination or pollution to the system.
To ensure that services are provided by qualified professionals, persons who test
or repair backflow prevention assemblies or perform cross connection survey inspections
are certified by the Division of Industrial Compliance. Certificates are issued
only after an applicant has completed the required training course and successfully
passed a written examination as well as a practical exam.
Bureau of Labor & Worker Safety
Labor & Worker Safety (LAWS) administers and enforces
Ohio's Minimum Wage Laws (Ohio Revised Code 4111),
Ohio's Minor Labor Law (ORC 4109), and
Ohio's Prevailing Wage Law (ORC 4115). The bureau’s staff provides
information on the areas they enforce, ensure compliance with the labor laws, investigate
complaints, and consult with both employers and employees. The bureau assists the
public in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the wage and hour
laws of the State and pursues reported violations of those laws. They also disseminate
prevailing wage information, coordinate the activities of the field staff, standardize
enforcement procedures, and interpret the rules and regulations.
Bureau of Operations and Maintenance
The Bureau of Operations and Maintenance is responsible for the proper operation
and maintenance of the structures and critical systems within Ohio's "built environment."
The Bureau of Operations and Maintenance oversees critical systems such as
elevators and boiler operations
and maintenance. The Bureau is also responsible for the regulation of
bedding, upholstered furniture, and stuffed toy products. Additionally,
the Bureau provides for the licensing and/or registration of
boiler contractors, boiler operators, steam engineers, boiler and
elevator inspectors, ski/tramways, and
Bedding and Upholstered Furniture Section
The Bedding Section protects Ohio consumers and retailers from misrepresentation
of filling materials in articles of bedding, upholstered furniture, and stuffed
toys. Chemists perform analytical tests and law label validation on regulated articles.
The section's laboratory is in
Reynoldsburg, OH. The section requires registration of manufacturers, importers,
distributors, and wholesalers whose articles are offered for sale or for use in
Ohio. Additionally, the section regulates secondhand dealers offering used products
in Ohio. A component of the secondhand license is proper sanitization and labeling
of regulated articles prior to their being offered for sale.
The Boiler Section enforces the rules relating to inspection, construction, installation,
and repair of operating boilers. All boilers, with some exceptions, must be inspected
annually. These inspections are both internal and external examinations of the boilers
and all operating aspects of them. Both State-employed inspectors and special inspectors
(employed by insurance companies) perform the inspections. If a boiler is unsafe
or does not meet the required safety criteria, the superintendent may order its
operation to cease until the necessary corrective action is made. When a boiler
meets all safety standards outlined in the Revised and Administrative Rules, a Certificate
of Operation is issued.
The Elevator Inspection Section promotes safety in Ohio by performing semi-annual
inspections of passenger, freight, special service, tower, coal mine, and handicap
elevators. Additionally, escalators, dumbwaiters, stage-lifts, and belt-type man-lifts
fall within the jurisdiction of the Section. There are nearly 31,000 elevator devices
tracked in the section’s database. The Elevator Inspection Section’s field inspectors
are certified under the
ASME Q.E.I. criteria. The cities of Cleveland and Cincinnati provide their
own inspections and are not regulated by this Section. Ohio enforces the revised
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME
A17.1) code for elevators, which includes provisions for special purpose personnel
elevators, as well as the ASME A18.1 standard
for platform lifts and stairway chair lifts. Please see the section’s web site for
Licensing and Certification Section
Within the Licensing and Certification Section, the Steam Engineers Section is responsible
for conducting examinations and licensing of persons who qualify as stationary steam
engineers and boiler operators. Without a license, no person may legally perform
the duties relating to the operation of stationary steam engines or stationary steam
boilers over 30 horsepower (over 22.37 kilowatts). Licensed stationary steam engineers
and boiler operators must have knowledge on a variety of subjects relating to power
plant systems. The State of Ohio Stationary Steam Engineers License Examinations
are designed to determine if individuals have such knowledge and skill to operate
steam equipment in a safe and effective manner.
The Licensing and Certification Section also oversees the licensing and/or registration
of Boiler and Elevator Inspectors, Boiler Contractors, Roller Rinks, and Ski and
Board of Building Appeals
The Board of Building Appeals reviews appeals made to adjudication orders issued
by the Bureau of Building Code Compliance, Bureau of Operations and Maintenance
or a certified local or county building department. The board also reviews appeals
made to fire citations issued by the State Fire Marshal or any local fire department
with a certified fire safety inspector. The board may reverse, modify, or repeal
an order of the enforcing agency if the Board finds the order to be contrary to
a fair interpretation or application of the governing laws or rules.
Board of Building Standards
The Board of Building Standards formulates and adopts rules governing the erection,
construction, repair, alteration, and maintenance of all buildings or classes of
buildings specified in Section 3781.06
of the Ohio Revised Code. The board also governs the installation of equipment
and materials used in these buildings.
The board is the State entity that adopts administrative rules for
Ohio's Building Code, including provisions concerning pressure piping, boilers,
and elevators. The mission of the board is to ensure building safety. In addition,
the board certifies local building code enforcement departments and their personnel
and considers all petitions for changes to the existing codes.
Industrialized Unit Section
Industrialized units are structures or parts of one or more structures built away
from the site of intended use. This necessitates inspection at the manufacturer's
locations rather than their construction sites. The Industrialized
Unit Section (I.U.) evaluates a manufacturer's construction documents to
insure compliance with the
Ohio Building Code. Inspectors from the Industrialized Unit
Section (I.U.) or inspectors from a third party inspection agency perform
plant evaluation inspections. The inspectors from the third party inspection agency
must be certified by the Ohio Board of Building Standards.
Historical Boilers Licensing Board
The Historical Boilers Licensing Board ensures public safety through the adoption
of rules governing the criteria that inspectors of historical boilers shall utilize
in determining the safe operation of historical boilers. The board also approves
historical boiler operator courses and issues operator licenses to those individuals
qualified to operate historical boilers in public.
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board
The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board issues State qualification licenses
to qualified electrical, plumbing, hydronics, HVAC, and refrigeration contractors.
The board is responsible for developing and administering a program of testing,
licensing, and continuing education for these five trades. Possession of these licenses
exempts the holder from taking city or county examinations for contractor licensing.
The board's Continuing Education Program updates licensed contractors about new
developments, procedures, equipment, or products affecting their businesses, allowing
them to perform quality work for Ohio residents.
Roller Skating Rink
The Division of Industrial Compliance registers roller skating rinks according to
Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4171.
Ski Tramway Board
The Ski Tramway Board ensures public safety with the construction, maintenance,
and mechanical operations of passenger tramways at Ohio's ski areas according to
the Ohio Revised Code 4169.01
The Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor is fully funded through annual renewal
fees paid by licensees, application processing fees, certification fees, and registration
fees. The Division does not receive funding from the general revenue fund. As a
result, this division operates like a private business enterprise, recovering costs
through fees and assessments for its services. Nevertheless, the Division of Industrial
Compliance and Labor is subject to the same budgeting and expense reporting requirements
as other State agencies and makes a conscious ongoing effort to minimize expenses.