There shall be a special legislative commission established pursuant to section 2A of chapter 4 of the General Laws to study welding and hot works regulation. The commission shall consist of: 2 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall serve as co-chair, and 1 of whom shall be a member of the minority party appointed by the senate minority leader; 2 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall serve as co-chair, and 1 of whom shall be a member of the minority party appointed by the house minority leader; the state fire marshal or a designee; the commissioner of the fire department of the city of Boston or a designee; and 5 members appointed by the Governor, 1 of whom shall be selected from a list of 3 persons nominated by the president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, 1 of whom shall be selected from a list of 3 persons nominated by the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, 1 of whom shall be a selected from a list of 3 contractors whose businesses regularly perform hot works nominated by the president of the Building Trades Employers’ Association of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Inc., 1 of whom shall be a selected from a list of 3 contractors whose businesses regularly perform hot works nominated by the president of the Massachusetts chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., and 1 of whom shall have experience and expertise in cutting, welding and hot works trades.
The commission shall investigate and study the current requirements for licenses and permits governing cutting, welding, and other hot work processes that involve burning or a similar operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions, to determine if the state fire code adequately protects the safety of the public and first responders. The study shall consider the current conditions required for the issuance of licenses or permits, the use of supervised details and firewatchers, the adequacy of fees to cover inspection and oversight and other municipal costs, the deterrent effect of penalties for violations of rules and regulations and cost recovery assessment for damages resulting from the failure to comply with rules and regulations, the training and certification required to perform the work, and any other matters the commission finds that would enhance the safety of the work. The commission shall report its findings, including any proposed legislation, to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on public safety and homeland security and the executive office of public safety and security no later than June 1, 2017.
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