|Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner
TO: Dusty Trades Employers
FROM: Chairman Buck Lattimore
DATE: July 2, 2002
RE: Status of Dusty Trades Program
As you are aware, the North Carolina General Assembly continues to debate the 2002-2003 state budget. Both the Governor’s proposed budget and the Senate budget deleted the Dusty Trades Division of the Department of Health and Human Services that has historically administered N.C.G.S. §97-60 identifying industries who expose their employees to the hazards of asbestosis and silicosis and subsequently monitoring them. At the present time, it does not appear that final budget negotiations will result in the restoration of funding for the Dusty Trades section.
all indications it is likely that the budget bill will include a provision
§97-73(b) to essentially transfer the functions of the Dusty Trades section
to the Industrial Commission; however, the budget does not include any
additional funding for the Industrial Commission that will be necessary to
administer the Dusty Trades program. Consequently,
the Industrial Commission requests that all dusty trades employers temporarily
continue voluntary monitoring of their employees pursuant to N.C.G.S.
§97-60 until such
time as the legislature provides clarification on all issues concerning the
existence of the Dusty Trades program and necessary funding.
check our website, www.comp.state.nc.us,
for updates regarding this matter.