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EMPLOYMENT
(820 ILCS 219/) Occupational Safety and Health Act.

820 ILCS 219/1

    (820 ILCS 219/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/2

    (820 ILCS 219/2)
    Sec. 2. References to prior Acts. On and after the effective date of this Act, a reference to the Safety Inspection and Education Act or the Health and Safety Act in any other Act or in any rule contained in the Illinois Administrative Code shall be deemed to be a reference to this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/5

    (820 ILCS 219/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Department" means the Department of Labor.
    "Director" means the Director of Labor.
    "Division" means the Division of Occupational Safety and Health within the Department of Labor.
    "Employee" means a person in the service of any of the following entities, regardless of whether the service is by virtue of election, by appointment or contract, or by hire, and regardless of whether the relationship is express or implied or established orally or in writing:
        (1) The State. For purposes of this paragraph
    
(1), the term includes a member of the General Assembly, a member of the Illinois Commerce Commission, a member of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, and any person in the service of a public university or college in Illinois.
        (2) An Illinois county. For purposes of this
    
paragraph (2), the term includes a deputy sheriff and an assistant State's Attorney.
        (3) An Illinois township.
        (4) An Illinois city, village, incorporated town,
    
school district, or other municipal corporation or body politic.
    "Public employer" or "employer" means the State of Illinois or any political subdivision of the State.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/10

    (820 ILCS 219/10)
    Sec. 10. Administration of Act; Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
    (a) The Department shall administer this Act. For the purpose of assisting in the administration of this Act, the Director may authorize his or her representatives in the Department to perform any necessary inspections or investigations under this Act.
    (b) The Department shall maintain a division within the Department to be known as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/15

    (820 ILCS 219/15)
    Sec. 15. Application of Act. This Act applies to every public employer in this State and its employees. Nothing in this Act, however, applies to working conditions of employees with respect to which federal agencies, and State agencies acting under Section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2021), exercise statutory authority to prescribe or enforce standards or regulations affecting occupational safety and health. Any State regulations more strict than applicable federal standards shall, before being promulgated, be the subject of hearings as required by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/20

    (820 ILCS 219/20)
    Sec. 20. Duties of employers and employees.
    (a) Every public employer must provide reasonable protection to the lives, health, and safety of its employees and must furnish to each of its employees employment and a workplace which are free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees.
    (b) Every public employer must comply with the occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
    (c) Every public employer must keep its employees informed of their protections and obligations under this Act, including the provisions of applicable standards or rules adopted under this Act.
    (d) Every public employer must furnish its employees with information regarding hazards in the workplace, including information about suitable precautions, relevant symptoms, and emergency treatment.
    (e) Every employee must comply with the rules that are promulgated from time to time by the Director under this Act and that are applicable to the employee's actions and conduct.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/25

    (820 ILCS 219/25)
    Sec. 25. Occupational safety and health standards.
    (a) All federal occupational safety and health standards which the United States Secretary of Labor has promulgated or modified in accordance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and which are in effect on the effective date of this Act shall be and are hereby made rules of the Department unless the Director promulgates an alternate standard that is at least as effective in providing safe and healthful employment and places of employment as a federal standard. Before developing and adopting an alternate standard or modifying or revoking an existing standard, the Director must consider factual information that includes:
        (1) Expert technical knowledge.
        (2) Input from interested persons, including
    
employers, employees, recognized standards-producing organizations, and the public.
    (b) All federal occupational safety and health standards which the United States Secretary of Labor promulgates or modifies in accordance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 on or after the effective date of this Act, unless revoked by the Secretary of Labor, shall become rules of the Department within 6 months after their federal promulgation date, unless there has been in effect in this State at the time of the promulgation or modification of the federal standard an alternate State standard that is at least as effective in providing safe and healthful employment and places of employment as a federal standard. The alternate State standard shall not become effective, however, unless the Department, within 45 days after the federal promulgation date, files with the office of the Secretary of State in Springfield, Illinois, a certified copy of the rule as provided in the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/30

    (820 ILCS 219/30)
    Sec. 30. Standards; required features.
    (a) A standard promulgated under this Act shall prescribe the use of labels or other appropriate forms of warning as are necessary to ensure that employees are apprised of all hazards to which they are exposed, relevant symptoms and appropriate emergency treatment, and proper conditions and precautions of safe use or exposure.
    (b) When appropriate, a standard shall also prescribe suitable protective equipment and control or technological procedures to be used in connection with such hazards and shall provide for monitoring or measuring employee exposure at locations and intervals and in a manner as necessary for the protection of employees.
    (c) In addition, when appropriate, a standard shall prescribe the type and frequency of medical examinations or other tests which shall be made available, by the employer or at the employer's cost, to employees exposed to such hazards in order to most effectively determine whether the health of the employees is adversely affected by the exposure. The results of the examinations or tests shall be furnished by the employer only to the Department or, at the direction of the Department, to authorized medical personnel and, at the request of the employee, to the employee's physician.
    (d) The Director, in promulgating standards dealing with toxic materials or harmful physical agents under this Section, shall set the standard which most adequately ensures, to the extent feasible, on the basis of the best available evidence, that no employee will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity even if the employee has regular exposure to the hazard dealt with by the standard for the period of the employee's working life.
    (e) Development of standards under this Section shall be based on research, demonstrations, experiments, and other information as appropriate. In addition to the attainment of the highest degree of health and safety protection for the employee, other considerations shall be the latest available scientific data in the field, the feasibility of the standards, and experience gained under this and other health and safety laws. Whenever practicable, a standard shall be expressed in terms of objective criteria and of the performance desired.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/35

    (820 ILCS 219/35)
    Sec. 35. Emergency temporary standards.
    (a) The Director may promulgate emergency temporary standards or rules, or both, to take effect immediately by filing the proposed standard with the Secretary of State, provided that the Director first expressly determines the following:
        (1) Employees are exposed to grave danger from
    
exposure to substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards.
        (2) The emergency temporary standard is necessary to
    
protect the employees from the danger described in paragraph (1).
    (b) The Director shall adopt emergency temporary standards promulgated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration within 30 days of the federal notice of proposed emergency rulemaking. An emergency temporary standard shall be effective until superseded by a permanent standard but in no event for more than 6 months from the date of publication of the emergency temporary standard. The publication of emergency temporary standards shall be deemed to be a petition to the Director for the promulgation of a permanent standard and shall be deemed to be filed with the Director on the date of publication. The proceeding for promulgation of the permanent standard shall be pursued in accordance with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/40

    (820 ILCS 219/40)
    Sec. 40. Variance from standards. The Director may grant a temporary or permanent variance from a State occupational safety and health standard upon application by a public employer to the Director. The Director may grant a variance from a standard or portion of a standard if the Director determines that the variance is necessary to permit an employer to participate in an experiment approved by the Director designed to demonstrate or validate new and improved techniques to safeguard the health or safety of workers. A variance from a State occupational safety and health standard may only have future effect.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/45

    (820 ILCS 219/45)
    Sec. 45. Temporary variance.
    (a) A public employer may apply to the Director for a temporary variance from an occupational safety and health standard promulgated under this Act. The Director shall issue a temporary variance only if the employer first files with the Director an application which meets the requirements of this Section.
    (b) An application for a temporary variance under this Section shall contain all of the following:
        (1) A specification of the standard or portion
    
thereof from which the employer seeks a variance.
        (2) A representation by the employer, supported by
    
representations from qualified persons having first-hand knowledge of the facts represented, that the employer is unable to comply with the standard or portion thereof, and a detailed statement of the reasons therefor.
        (3) A statement of the steps the employer has taken
    
and will take to protect employees against a hazard covered by the standard, including specific dates on which or by which the employer has taken or will take those steps.
        (4) A statement specifying the date by which the
    
employer expects to be able to comply with the standard.
        (5) A certification that the employer has informed
    
its employees of the application by giving a copy of the application to the employees' authorized representative, by posting a statement at the place or places where notices to employees are normally posted that summarizes the application and specifies where a copy may be examined, and by other appropriate means as determined by the employer. The information provided to employees shall also inform them of their right to petition the Director for a hearing on the application.
    (c) An application for a temporary variance under this Section shall establish all of the following:
        (1) The employer is unable to comply with a standard
    
by its effective date because professional or technical personnel or materials and equipment needed to comply with the standard are unavailable or because necessary construction or alteration of facilities cannot be completed by the effective date of the standard.
        (2) The employer is taking all available steps to
    
safeguard its employees against the hazards covered by the standard.
        (3) The employer has an effective program for
    
complying with the standard as quickly as practicable.
    (d) The Director may issue a temporary variance only after the Department provides notice to the employer's employees and an opportunity for a hearing. However, in a case involving only documentary evidence in support of the application for a temporary variance and in which no objection is made or hearing requested by the employees or their representative, the Director may issue a temporary variance in accordance with this Act without a hearing.
    (e) If a hearing is requested on an application for a temporary variance, the application shall be heard and determined by the Director.
    (f) A temporary variance issued under this Section shall prescribe the practices, means, methods, operations, and processes which the employer must adopt and use while the temporary variance is in effect and shall state in detail the employer's program for achieving compliance with the standard.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/50

    (820 ILCS 219/50)
    Sec. 50. Permanent variance.
    (a) A public employer affected by an occupational safety and health standard promulgated under this Act may apply to the Director for a permanent variance from that standard. The form and manner of the application shall be as provided in rules.
    (b) Employees affected by a standard from which their employer has applied for a variance under this Section shall be given notice of the employer's application and an opportunity to participate in a hearing on the application.
    (c) The Director shall issue a permanent variance if he or she determines on the record, after opportunity for an inspection where appropriate as determined by the Department and a hearing, that the employer has demonstrated by a preponderance of the evidence that the conditions, practices, means, methods, operations, or processes used or proposed to be used by the employer will provide employment and places of employment to its employees which are as safe and healthful as those which would prevail if the employer complied with the standard. The variance shall prescribe the conditions the employer must maintain, and the practices, means, methods, operations, and processes which the employer must adopt and utilize, to the extent they differ from the standard in question.
    (d) A variance issued under this Section may be modified or revoked upon application by the employer, by the employees, or by the Director on his or her own motion, in the manner prescribed for the issuance of a variance under this Section at any time after 6 months from the issuance of the variance.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/55

    (820 ILCS 219/55)
    Sec. 55. Rules generally.
    (a) The Director, from time to time, shall promulgate rules that clearly describe the persons to whom those rules apply and that clearly describe the conduct that is required of those persons. Each such rule shall, by its terms, be uniform and general in its application wherever the subject matter of the rule exists in any workplace having employees in the service of a public employer. The rules may include rules that, when applicable to products which are distributed or used in interstate commerce, are required by compelling local conditions and do not unduly burden interstate commerce.
    (b) Any standards or rules promulgated by the Director under the Safety Inspection and Education Act or the Health and Safety Act that are in full force on the effective date of this Act shall become the rules of the Department under this Act. This Act does not affect the legality of any such rules in the Illinois Administrative Code.
    (c) Any proposed standards or rules filed with the Secretary of State by the Director under the Safety Inspection and Education Act or the Health and Safety Act that are pending in the rulemaking process on the effective date of this Act shall be deemed to have been filed by the Director under this Act.
    (d) As soon as practicable after the effective date of this Act, the Director shall revise and clarify the standards or rules described in subsections (b) and (c) as necessary to reflect the provisions of this Act.
    (e) The Director of Labor shall adopt such rules as he or she may deem necessary to implement the provisions of this Act, including, but not limited to, rules dealing with the inspection of an employer's establishment.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15; 99-336, eff. 8-10-15.)

820 ILCS 219/60

    (820 ILCS 219/60)
    Sec. 60. Employers' records.
    (a) The Director shall adopt rules requiring public employers to maintain accurate records of, and to make reports on, work-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses, other than minor injuries requiring only first aid treatment which do not involve medical treatment, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or transfer to another job. The rules shall specifically include all of the reporting provisions of Section 6 of the Workers' Compensation Act and Section 6 of the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act. The records shall be available to any State agency requiring such information.
    (b) The Director shall adopt rules requiring public employers to maintain accurate records of employee exposures to potentially toxic materials or harmful physical agents which are required to be monitored or measured under this Act. The rules shall provide employees or their authorized representative with an opportunity to observe the monitoring or measuring, and to have access to the records of the monitoring or measuring. The rules shall provide appropriate means by which each employee or former employee may have access to such records as will indicate his or her exposure to toxic materials or harmful physical agents.
    (c) A public employer shall promptly notify any employee who has been or is being exposed to toxic materials or harmful physical agents in concentrations or at levels which exceed those prescribed by an occupational safety and health standard and shall inform the employee who is being thus exposed of the action being taken by the employer to correct such exposure.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/65

    (820 ILCS 219/65)
    Sec. 65. Periodic inspection of workplaces.
    (a) The Director shall enforce the occupational safety and health standards and rules promulgated under this Act and any occupational health and safety regulations relating to inspection of places of employment, and shall visit and inspect, as often as practicable, the places of employment covered by this Act.
    (b) The Director or his or her authorized representative, upon presenting appropriate credentials to a public employer's agent in charge, has the right to enter and inspect all places of employment covered by this Act as follows:
        (1) An inspector may enter without delay and at
    
reasonable times any establishment, construction site, or other area, workplace, or environment where work is performed by an employee of a public employer in order to enforce the occupational safety and health standards adopted under this Act.
        (2) If a public employer refuses entry to an
    
inspector upon being presented with proper credentials or allows entry but then refuses to permit or hinders the inspection in any way, the inspector shall leave the premises and immediately report the refusal to authorized management within the Division. Authorized management shall notify the Director to initiate the compulsory legal process to obtain entry or obtain a warrant for entry, or both.
        (3) An inspector may inspect and investigate
    
during regular working hours and at other reasonable times, and within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner, any workplace described in paragraph (1) and all pertinent conditions, structures, machines, apparatus, devices, equipment, and materials therein, and to question privately the employer or any agent or employee of the employer.
        (4) The owner, operator, manager, or lessee of any
    
workplace covered by this Act, and his or her agent or employee, and any employer affected by this Act shall, when requested by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health or any duly authorized agent of that Division: (i) furnish any information in his or her possession or under his or her control which the Department is authorized to require, (ii) answer truthfully all questions required to be put to him or her, and (iii) cooperate in the making of a proper inspection.
    (c) In making his or her inspection and investigations under this Act, the Director of Labor has the power to require the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence under oath.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15; 99-336, eff. 8-10-15.)

820 ILCS 219/70

    (820 ILCS 219/70)
    Sec. 70. Inspection of workplace upon complaint.
    (a) An employee or representative of employees who believes that a violation of an occupational safety and health standard exists in a workplace covered by this Act or that an imminent danger exists in such a place may request an inspection by submitting a written complaint to the Director or his or her authorized representative setting forth with reasonable particularity the grounds for the complaint. The complaint shall be signed by the employee or representative.
    (b) If the Director or the Director's authorized representative determines there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a violation or imminent danger exists, he or she shall notify the employee or representative of employees of that determination in writing.
    (c) If, upon receipt of the complaint, the Director or his or her authorized representative determines there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation or imminent danger exists, he or she shall make a special inspection of the workplace in accordance with this Act, as soon as practicable, to determine whether a violation or imminent danger exists.
    (d) A copy of the complaint shall be provided to the public employer or its agent by the Director or his or her authorized representative at the time of the inspection, except that, upon the request of the person making the complaint, that person's name and the names of individual employees referred to in the complaint shall not appear in the copy or on any record published, released, or made available by the Director or his or her authorized representative.
    (e) Nonformal safety and health complaints shall be handled by an authorized representative of the Director. Based on the severity and legitimacy of the complaint as determined by the Division, the Director's authorized representative shall either schedule an inspection of the workplace or issue a letter to the employer stating the allegations set forth in the complaint.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/75

    (820 ILCS 219/75)
    Sec. 75. Opportunity to accompany inspection. Subject to rules adopted by the Director, a representative of the employer and a representative authorized by the employer's employees shall be given an opportunity to accompany the Director or his or her authorized representative during the physical inspection of any workplace under this Act for the purpose of aiding the inspection. If there is no authorized employee representative, the Director or his or her authorized representative shall consult with a reasonable number of employees concerning matters of occupational safety and health in the workplace.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/80

    (820 ILCS 219/80)
    Sec. 80. Violation of Act or standard; citation.
    (a) Upon inspection or investigation of a workplace, if the Director or his or her authorized representative believes that a public employer has violated a requirement of this Act or a standard, rule, or regulation promulgated under this Act, he or she shall with reasonable promptness issue a citation to the employer. A citation shall: (i) be in writing, (ii) describe with particularity the nature of the violation and include a reference to the provision of the Act, standard, rule, or regulation alleged to have been violated, and (iii) fix a reasonable time for the abatement of the violation.
    (b) Each citation issued under this Section, or a copy or copies thereof, shall be prominently posted at or near the place at which the violation occurred as prescribed in rules adopted by the Director.
    (c) A citation shall be served on the employer or the employer's agent by delivering a copy to the person upon whom the service is to be had, or by leaving a copy at his or her usual place of business or abode, or by sending a copy by certified mail to his or her place of business.
    (d) A citation may not be issued under this Section after the expiration of 6 months following the occurrence of any violation.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/85

    (820 ILCS 219/85)
    Sec. 85. Civil penalties.
    (a) After an inspection of a workplace under this Act, if the Director issues a citation, he or she shall, within 5 days after issuing the citation, notify the employer by certified mail of any civil penalty proposed to be assessed for the violation set forth in the citation.
    (b) If the Director has reason to believe that an employer has failed to correct a violation for which a citation has been issued within the period permitted for its correction, the Director shall notify the employer by certified mail of that failure and of the civil penalty proposed to be assessed for that failure.
    (c) Civil penalties authorized under this Section are as follows:
        (1) A public employer that repeatedly violates
    
this Act, the Safety Inspection and Education Act, or the Health and Safety Act, or any combination of those Acts, or any standard, rule, regulation, or order under any of those Acts, may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 per violation.
        (2) A public employer that intentionally violates
    
this Act, the Safety Inspection and Education Act, or the Health and Safety Act, or any standard, rule, regulation, or order under any of those Acts, or who demonstrates plain indifference to any provision of any of those Acts or any such standard, rule, regulation, or order, may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $10,000.
        (3) A public employer that has received a
    
citation for a serious violation of this Act, the Safety Inspection and Education Act, or the Health and Safety Act, or any standard, rule, regulation, or order under any of those Acts, may be assessed a civil penalty up to $1,000 for each such violation.
        (4) A public employer that has received a
    
citation for a violation of this Act, the Safety Inspection and Education Act, or the Health and Safety Act, or any standard, rule, regulation, or order under any of those Acts, which is not a serious violation, may be assessed a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each such violation.
        (5) A public employer that violates a posting
    
requirement is subject to the following citations and proposed penalty structure:
            (A) Job Safety and Health Poster: an other
        
than serious citation and a proposed penalty of $1,000.
            (B) Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and
        
Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A): an other than serious citation and a proposed penalty of $1,000, even if there are no recordable injuries or illnesses.
            (C) Citation: an other than serious citation and
        
a proposed penalty of $1,000.
        (6) A public employer that fails to correct a
    
violation for which a citation has been issued within the period permitted may be assessed a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each day the violation continues.
    (d) For purposes of this Section, a "serious violation" shall be deemed to exist in a workplace if there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from (i) a condition which exists or (ii) one or more practices, means, methods, operations, or processes which have been adopted or are in use in the workplace, unless the employer did not know and could not, with the exercise of reasonable diligence, have known of the presence of the violation.
    (e) The Director may assess civil penalties as provided in this Section, giving due consideration to the appropriateness of the penalty. A penalty may be reduced by the Director or the Director's authorized representative based on the public employer's good faith, size of business, and history of previous violations.
    (f) The Attorney General may bring an action in the circuit court to enforce the collection of any civil penalty assessed under this Act.
    (g) All civil penalties collected under this Act shall be deposited into the General Revenue Fund of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/90

    (820 ILCS 219/90)
    Sec. 90. Informal review.
    (a) A public employer may submit in writing data relating to the abatement of a hazard to be considered by an authorized representative of the Director. The authorized representative shall notify the interested parties if such data will be used to modify an abatement order.
    (b) Within 15 working days after receiving a citation, proposed assessment of a civil penalty, or notice of failure to correct a violation, a public employer or the employer's agent may request that an authorized representative of the Director review abatement dates, reclassify violations (such as willful to serious, serious to other than serious), or modify or withdraw a penalty, a citation, or a citation item, or any combination of those, if the employer presents evidence during the informal conference which convinces the authorized representative that the changes are justified.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/95

    (820 ILCS 219/95)
    Sec. 95. Request for hearing.
    (a) Within 15 working days after receiving a citation, proposed assessment of a civil penalty, or notice of failure to correct a violation, a public employer or the employer's agent, manager, or superintendent may request in writing a hearing before the Director to contest the citation, assessment of a civil penalty, or notice of failure to correct a violation.
    (b) If, within 15 working days after receiving a citation and notice of penalty or notice of failure to correct a violation issued by the Director, the employer fails to notify the Director that it intends to contest the citation, assessment of a civil penalty, or notice of failure to correct a violation, and if no notice requesting a hearing is filed by an employee or employee representative under subsection (c) within that time, the citation, assessment of a civil penalty, or notice of failure to correct a violation shall be deemed a final order and not subject to review by any court or agency.
    (c) Within 15 working days after the issuance of a citation under Section 80, an employee or representative of an employee may file a request in writing for a hearing before the Director to contest the citation on the ground that the period of time fixed in the citation for the abatement of the violation identified in the citation is unreasonable.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/100

    (820 ILCS 219/100)
    Sec. 100. Hearing.
    (a) If a public employer or the employer's representative notifies the Director that the employer intends to contest a citation and notice of penalty or if, within 15 working days after the issuance of the citation, an employee or representative of employees files a notice with the Director alleging that the period of time fixed in the citation for the abatement of the violation is unreasonable, the Director shall afford an opportunity for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge designated by the Director.
    (b) At the hearing, the employer or employee shall state his or her objections to the citation and provide evidence why the citation should not stand as issued. The Director or his or her representative shall be given the opportunity to state his or her reasons for issuing the citation. Affected employees shall be provided an opportunity to participate as parties to hearings under the rules of procedure prescribed by the Director (56 Ill. Admin. Code, Part 120).
    (c) The Director, or the Administrative Law Judge on behalf of the Director, has the power to do the following:
        (1) Issue subpoenas for and compel the
    
attendance of witnesses.
        (2) Hear testimony and receive evidence.
        (3) Order testimony of a witness residing within
    
or without this State to be taken by deposition in the manner prescribed by law for depositions in civil cases in the circuit court in any proceeding pending before him or her at any stage of such proceeding.
    (d) Subpoenas and commissions to take testimony shall be under seal of the Director. Service of subpoenas may be made by a sheriff or any other person.
    (e) The circuit court for the county where any hearing is pending may compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of pertinent books, papers, records, or documents, and the giving of testimony before the Director or an Administrative Law Judge by an attachment proceeding, as for contempt, in the same manner as the production of evidence may be compelled before the court.
    (f) The Administrative Law Judge on behalf of the Director, after considering the evidence presented at the formal hearing, in accordance with the Director's rules, shall enter a final decision and order within a reasonable time affirming, modifying, or vacating the citation or proposed assessment of a civil penalty, or directing other appropriate relief.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/105

    (820 ILCS 219/105)
    Sec. 105. Judicial review.
    (a) Any party adversely affected by a final order or determination of the Administrative Law Judge on behalf of the Director may obtain judicial review of that order or determination by filing a complaint for review within 35 days after the entry of the order or other final action complained of, pursuant to the Administrative Review Law. If no appeal is taken within 35 days after the order or determination is issued, the order shall become final.
    (b) A request for judicial review filed under this Section shall be heard expeditiously.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/110

    (820 ILCS 219/110)
    Sec. 110. Discrimination against employee prohibited.
    (a) A person may not discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee because the employee has: (i) filed a complaint or instituted or caused to be instituted any proceeding under this Act, (ii) testified or is about to testify in any such proceeding, or (iii) exercised, on his or her own behalf or on behalf of another person, any right afforded by this Act.
    (b) An employee who believes that he or she has been discharged or otherwise discriminated against by an employer in violation of this Section may, within 30 calendar days after the violation occurs, file a complaint with the Director alleging the discrimination.
    (c) Upon receipt of the complaint, the Director shall cause an investigation to be made as the Director deems appropriate. After the investigation, if the Director determines that the employer has violated this Section, the Director shall bring an action in the circuit court for appropriate relief, including rehiring or reinstatement of the employee to his or her former position with back pay, after taking into account any interim earnings of the employee.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/115

    (820 ILCS 219/115)
    Sec. 115. Abatement of imminent danger.
    (a) Whenever the Director determines that an imminent danger exists in the working conditions of any public employee in this State, and that the danger may reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm immediately or before the imminence of the danger can be eliminated through the enforcement procedures otherwise provided by this Act, the Director may file a complaint in the circuit court for appropriate relief, including an order that may require steps to be taken as necessary to abate, avoid, correct, or remove the imminent danger and prohibit the employment or presence of any individual in locations or under conditions where the imminent danger exists, except those individuals whose presence is necessary to abate, avoid, correct, or remove the imminent danger or to maintain the capacity of a continuous process operation to assume normal operations without a complete cessation of operations, or, if a cessation of operations is necessary, to permit the cessation to be accomplished in a safe and orderly manner.
    (b) If an inspector concludes that an imminent danger exists in any workplace, the inspector shall promptly inform the affected employees or their authorized representative and the employer of the danger and that the inspector will recommend to the Director that relief be sought as provided in subsection (a).
    (c) If the Director arbitrarily or capriciously fails to seek relief under subsection (a) after receiving an inspector's recommendation under subsection (b), an employee who is injured by reason of such failure, or the representative of the employee, may bring an action against the Director in the circuit court for the county in which the imminent danger is alleged to exist or in which the employer has his or her principal office for relief by mandamus to compel the Director to seek relief under subsection (a) and for such further relief as may be appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/120

    (820 ILCS 219/120)
    Sec. 120. Criminal penalties.
    (a) Willful violation. A public employer that willfully violates any provision of this Act or any standard, rule, regulation, or order under this Act commits a Class 4 felony if that violation causes the death of any employee.
    (b) Advance notice of inspection. A person who gives advance notice to a public employer of any inspection to be conducted under this Act, without authority from the Director or the Director's authorized representative, commits a Class B misdemeanor.
    (c) False statement. A person who knowingly makes a false statement, representation, or certification in any application, record, report, plan, or other document required under this Act, or any standard, rule, regulation, or order adopted or issued under this Act, commits a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/125

    (820 ILCS 219/125)
    Sec. 125. Confidentiality of trade secrets.
    (a) All information reported to or otherwise obtained by the Director or the Director's authorized representative in connection with any inspection or proceeding under this Act or any standard, rule, regulation, or order adopted or issued under this Act which contains or might reveal a trade secret shall be considered confidential, except that such information may be disclosed confidentially to other officers or employees concerned with carrying out this Act or when relevant to any proceeding under this Act. In any such proceeding, the Director or the court shall issue such orders as may be appropriate, including an order for the impoundment of files or portions of files, to protect the confidentiality of trade secrets.
    (b) A person who discloses a trade secret in violation of this Section commits a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/130

    (820 ILCS 219/130)
    Sec. 130. Prosecution by Attorney General or State's Attorney. The Attorney General or a State's Attorney, upon request of the Department, shall prosecute any violation of this Act or a standard, rule, regulation, or order adopted or issued under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/135

    (820 ILCS 219/135)
    Sec. 135. Safety education and other programs.
    (a) The Department shall encourage public employers as well as organizations and groups of employees to institute and maintain safety education programs for employees and promote the observation of safety practices.
    (b) The Department shall provide and conduct educational programs specifically designed to meet the regulatory requirements set forth in the occupational safety and health standards and to meet the needs of public employers.
    (c) The Department shall conduct regular public information programs to inform public employers of changes or updates to the standards and rules adopted under this Act as necessary.
    (d) The Department shall provide support services for any public employer that needs assistance with the public employer's self-inspection programs.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/140

    (820 ILCS 219/140)
    Sec. 140. Director's reports.
    (a) In the annual report to the Governor required by the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Director shall report the result of inspections and investigations made of establishments under this Act, together with such other information and recommendations as he or she deems proper.
    (b) The Director shall make an annual report of his or her work under this Act to the Governor on or before the first day of February of each year. The Director shall make a biennial report to the General Assembly on or before the first day of February of each odd-numbered year.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/145

    (820 ILCS 219/145)
    Sec. 145. Transition provisions. This Act does not affect any act done, ratified, or canceled, or any right occurring or established, or any action or proceeding had or commenced in an administrative, civil, or criminal cause, under the Safety Inspection and Education Act or the Health and Safety Act, or any standard or rule adopted under either of those Acts, before the effective date of this Act. An employee or public employer may enforce any such right under this Act. The Department, or the Attorney General or a State's Attorney, may prosecute or continue any such action or proceeding under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/900

    (820 ILCS 219/900)
    Sec. 900. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15; text omitted.)

820 ILCS 219/910

    (820 ILCS 219/910)
    Sec. 910. The Safety Inspection and Education Act is repealed.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/915

    (820 ILCS 219/915)
    Sec. 915. The Health and Safety Act is repealed.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15.)

820 ILCS 219/920

    (820 ILCS 219/920)
    Sec. 920. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15; text omitted.)

820 ILCS 219/925

    (820 ILCS 219/925)
    Sec. 925. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15; text omitted.)