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101.575(1)(b) (b) Every city, village or town that contracts for fire protection and fire prevention services that comply with s. 101.14 (2) from another city, village or town is entitled to the dues specified in par. (a) if the department determines that the fire department furnishing the protection can provide the agreed protection without endangering property within its own limits and the fire prevention services comply with s. 101.14 (2).
101.575(1)(c) (c) Any city, village or town, not maintaining a fire department, that for the purpose of obtaining fire protection and prevention services for itself enters into an agreement with another city, village or town, is entitled to the dues specified in par. (a) if the department determines that the fire prevention services comply with s. 101.14 (2). Two or more municipalities that together have entered into a fire protection agreement in the manner prescribed in this paragraph shall each be entitled to dues under par. (a).
101.575(2) (2) If a city or village contracts to provide fire protection and the services of its fire department outside of its boundaries, it is subject to the same liability for property damage and personal injury when responding to calls and providing services outside of its boundaries as when providing the same services within its boundaries.
101.575(3) (3) No city, village or town is entitled to receive dues under this section unless the city, village or town complies with pars. (a) and (b).
101.575(3)(a) (a) No city, village or town may receive fire department dues under this section unless it has a fire department which satisfies all of the following requirements:
101.575(3)(a)1. 1. Is organized to provide continuous fire protection in that city, village or town and has a designated chief.
101.575(3)(a)2. 2. Singly, or in combination with another fire department under a mutual aid agreement, can ensure the response of at least 4 fire fighters, none of whom is the chief, to a first alarm for a building.
101.575(3)(a)3. 3. Provides a training program prescribed by the department by rule.
101.575(3)(a)4. 4. Provides facilities capable, without delay, of receiving an alarm and dispatching fire fighters and apparatus.
101.575(3)(b) (b) Each city, village or town eligible for dues under this section shall maintain either a voluntary fire department that holds a meeting at least once each month, or a paid or partly paid fire department with sufficient personnel ready for service at all times.
101.575(4) (4)
101.575(4)(a)(a) The department may not pay any fire department dues for any year to a city, village, town or fire department unless all of the following conditions are satisfied:
101.575(4)(a)1. 1. The department determines that the city, village, town or fire department is in substantial compliance with sub. (6) and ss. 101.14 (2) and 101.141 (1) and (2). The department shall establish by rule the meaning of "substantial compliance" for purposes of this subdivision.
101.575(4)(a)2. 2. The city, village or town has submitted a form which is signed by the clerk of the city, village or town and by the chief of the fire department providing fire protection to that city, village or town, which is provided by the department by rule and which certifies that the fire department is in substantial compliance with this section or the department has audited the city, village, town or fire department and determined that it is in substantial compliance with sub. (6) and ss. 101.14 (2) and 101.141 (1) and (2). The department shall establish by rule the meaning of "substantial compliance" for purposes of this subdivision.
101.575(4)(b) (b) If dues which would have been paid into any fire fighter's pension fund or other special funds for the benefit of disabled or superannuated fire fighters are withheld under this subsection, an amount equal to the fire department dues withheld shall be paid into the pension fund from any available fund of the city, village or town, and, if no fund is available, an amount equal to the amount withheld shall be included in and paid out of the next taxes levied and collected for the city, village or town.
101.575(5) (5) No city, village or town which has contracted with another city, village or town or any part thereof for fire protection may be paid any fire department dues unless the contract or contracts are sufficient to provide fire protection to the entire city, village or town for which the fire protection service is being provided.
101.575(6) (6)
101.575(6)(a)(a) No city, village or town maintaining a fire department under this section may use any dues received under s. 101.573 and this section for any purpose except the direct provision of the following:
101.575(6)(a)1. 1. The purchase of fire protection equipment.
101.575(6)(a)2. 2. Fire inspection and public education.
101.575(6)(a)3. 3. Training of fire fighters and fire inspectors performing duties under s. 101.14.
101.575(6)(a)4. 4. To fund wholly or partially fire fighters' pension funds or other special funds for the benefit of disabled or superannuated fire fighters.
101.575(6)(b) (b) Any city, village or town that contracts for fire protection service shall give dues received under s. 101.573 and this section to the fire department providing the fire protection service. That fire department shall use those dues for any of the purposes specified in par. (a).
101.575 History History: 1971 c. 185 s. 7; 1975 c. 94 s. 91 (9); 1975 c. 372 s. 15; Stats. 1975 s. 601.95; 1977 c. 29; 1979 c. 34, 221; 1981 c. 20 ss. 1754 to 1758, 2202 (26) (b); Stats. 1981 s. 101.59; 1981 c. 364 s. 3; Stats. 1981 s. 101.575; 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 187; 1993 a. 213; 1997 a. 27; 2003 a. 219; 2013 a. 20.
101.575 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 314, Wis. adm. code.
101.578 101.578 Protection of medical waste incinerator employees.
101.578(1)(1) In this section, "medical waste incinerator" has the meaning given in s. 287.07 (7) (c) 1. cr.
101.578(2) (2) The department shall promulgate rules establishing requirements that protect persons who work at medical waste incinerators from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. The rules shall be at least as strict as any federal requirements.
101.578 History History: 1991 a. 39; 1995 a. 227.
101.58 101.58 Employees' right to know.
101.58(1) (1) Short title. Sections 101.58 to 101.599 shall be known as the "Employees' Right to Know Law".
101.58(2) (2)Definitions. In ss. 101.58 to 101.599:
101.58(2)(a) (a) "Agricultural employer" means any person, including the state and its political subdivisions, who engages the services of any employee to perform agricultural labor. If any employee is present at the workplace of an agricultural employer under an agreement between that agricultural employer and another agricultural employer or employer, "agricultural employer" means the agricultural employer with control or custody of a pesticide. An agricultural employer who engages some employees to perform agricultural labor and other employees for other purposes is only an agricultural employer with respect to the employees engaged to perform agricultural labor.
101.58(2)(b) (b) "Agricultural labor" has the meaning provided in s. 108.02 (2).
101.58(2)(c) (c) "Employee" means any person whose services are currently or were formerly engaged by an employer or an agricultural employer, or any applicant at the time an employer or agricultural employer offers to engage his or her services.
101.58(2)(d) (d) "Employee representative" means an individual or organization to whom an employee gives written authorization to exercise his or her rights to request information under s. 101.583, 101.585 or 101.586, a parent of a minor employee or a recognized or certified collective bargaining agent.
101.58(2)(e) (e) "Employer" means any person, except an agricultural employer, with control or custody of any employment or workplace who engages the services of any employee. "Employer" includes the state and its political subdivisions. If any employee is present at the workplace of an employer under an agreement between that employer and another employer or agricultural employer, "employer" means the employer with control or custody of a toxic substance or infectious agent. An employer who engages some employees to perform agricultural labor and other employees for other purposes is only considered an employer with respect to the employees engaged for other purposes.
101.58(2)(f) (f) "Infectious agent" means a bacterial, mycoplasmal, fungal, parasitic or viral agent identified by the department by rule as causing illness in humans or human fetuses or both, which is introduced by an employer to be used, studied or produced in the workplace. "Infectious agent" does not include such an agent in or on the body of a person who is present in the workplace for diagnosis or treatment.
101.58(2)(g) (g) "Legal holiday" has the meaning provided in s. 995.20.
101.58(2)(h) (h) "Overexposure" means any chronic or acute exposure to a toxic substance or infectious agent which results in illness or injury.
101.58(2)(i) (i) "Pesticide" means any substance or mixture of substances which is registered with the federal environmental protection agency under 7 USC 136 to 136y or the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection under ch. 94, and which is labeled, designed or intended to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate any pest or as a plant regulator, defoliant or desiccant.
101.58(2)(j)1.1. "Toxic substance" means any substance or mixture containing a substance regulated by the federal occupational safety and health administration under title 29 of the code of federal regulations part 1910, subpart z, which is introduced by an employer to be used, studied or produced in the workplace.
101.58(2)(j)2. 2. "Toxic substance" does not include:
101.58(2)(j)2.a. a. Any article, including but not limited to an item of equipment or hardware, which contains a substance regulated by the federal occupational safety and health administration under title 29 of the code of federal regulations part 1910, subpart z, if the substance is present in a solid form which does not cause any acute or chronic health hazard as a result of being handled by an employee.
101.58(2)(j)2.b. b. Any mixture containing a substance regulated under title 29 of the code of federal regulations part 1910, subpart z, if the substance is less than one percent, or, if the substance is an impurity, less than 2%, of the product.
101.58(2)(j)2.c. c. Any consumer product packaged for distribution to and used by the general public, for which the employee's exposure during use is not significantly greater than the consumer's exposure occurring during the principal use of the product.
101.58(2)(j)2.d. d. Any substance received by an employer in a sealed package and subsequently sold or transferred in that package, if the seal remains intact while the substance is in the employer's workplace.
101.58(2)(j)2.e. e. Any waste material regulated under the federal resource conservation and recovery act, P.L. 94-580.
101.58(2)(j)2.f. f. Lutefisk.
101.58(2)(k) (k) "Workplace" means any location where an employee performs a work-related duty in the course of his or her employment, except a personal residence.
101.58(3) (3)Relationship to federal regulations.
101.58(3)(a)(a) If the federal occupational safety and health administration promulgates a hazards communication regulation which, with respect to toxic substances, has requirements comparable to those in s. 101.583, 101.59 or 101.597 (1), and has time periods no less stringent than s. 101.589 and confidentiality requirements no less stringent than s. 101.592, an employer, manufacturer or supplier may apply to the department for an exemption from s. 101.583, 101.59 or 101.597 (1).
101.58(3)(b) (b) An employer applying to the department for an exemption under par. (a) shall provide a copy of the application to appropriate certified collective bargaining agents and shall post a statement at the place where notices to employees are normally posted. The posted statement shall summarize the application, specify a place where employees may examine it and inform employees of their right to request a hearing on it.
101.58(3)(c) (c) Upon receipt of a written request from an affected employer, manufacturer, supplier, employee or employee representative, the department shall hold a hearing on the application. If a hearing has been requested, the department is prohibited from approving the application until a hearing has been held. In no case may the department approve the application within less than 60 days after receiving it.
101.58 History History: 1981 c. 364, 391; 1983 a. 189 s. 329 (28); 1983 a. 192 s. 304; 2005 a. 155.
101.58 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 335, Wis. adm. code.
101.58 Annotation Wisconsin's new "right to know" law. McCauley. WBB Jan. 1983.
101.581 101.581 Notice requirements.
101.581(1) (1) Employer. An employer who uses, studies or produces a toxic substance, infectious agent or pesticide shall post in every workplace at the location where notices to employees are usually posted a sign which informs employees that the employer is required, upon request, to provide an employee or employee representative with all of the following:
101.581(1)(a) (a) The identity of any toxic substance or infectious agent which an employee works with or is likely to be exposed to.
101.581(1)(b) (b) A description of any hazardous effect of the toxic substance or infectious agent.
101.581(1)(c) (c) Information regarding precautions to be taken when handling the toxic substance or infectious agent.
101.581(1)(d) (d) Information regarding procedures for emergency treatment in the event of overexposure to the toxic substance or infectious agent.
101.581(1)(e) (e) Access to the information contained on the label of any pesticide with which the employee works or to which the employee is likely to be exposed.
101.581(2) (2)Agricultural employer. An agricultural employer who uses pesticides shall post in a prominent place in the workplace a sign which informs employees that the agricultural employer is required, upon request, to provide an employee or employee representative with access to the information contained on the label of any pesticide with which the employee works or to which the employee is likely to be exposed.
101.581(3) (3)Minor employee. If an employee is a minor, an employer or agricultural employer shall send to the employee's parent or guardian, at the address provided by the employee, notice of the employee's rights under sub. (1) or (2).
101.581 History History: 1981 c. 364; 1983 a. 392.
101.581 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 335, Wis. adm. code.
101.581 Annotation "Produces" under sub. (1) means to create, bring forth, or cause hazardous substances to exist in the work place. Door County Highway Department v. DILHR, 137 Wis. 2d 280, 404 N.W.2d 548 (Ct. App. 1987).
101.583 101.583 Toxic substance information requirements; employer to employee.
101.583(1) (1) Retention of information; lists. Except as provided by department rule under s. 101.598, an employer shall:
101.583(1)(a) (a) Retain any material safety data sheet relating to a toxic substance and containing the information required to be provided to employees under sub. (2) for 30 years after the date upon which the employer last received the toxic substance in the workplace; or
101.583(1)(b)1.1. Maintain a written list identifying any toxic substance present in a workplace on or after May 10, 1984, except as provided in subd. 2., and the dates that the toxic substance is present in the workplace. If a list is maintained, each toxic substance required to be on the list shall be included on the list until 30 years after the last date on which the substance is received in the workplace. Within 30 days after a written request by an employee or employee representative, exclusive of weekends and legal holidays, the employer shall provide to the employee or employee representative a copy of any list maintained for the employee's workplace or the workplace of the employees represented by the employee representative.
101.583(1)(b)2.a.a. A toxic substance need not be included on a list if in the area in which any employee usually works the toxic substance is received in packages of one kilogram or less and if no more than 10 kilograms of the toxic substance are used in or purchased for that area per year.
101.583(1)(b)2.b. b. A toxic substance need not be included on a list if it is a mixture containing one or more mineral dusts listed in 29 CFR 1910.1000, table z-3.
101.583(1m) (1m) Any employer with less than 10 employees and less than $750,000 in gross sales in the most recent calendar or fiscal year, whichever the employer uses for income or franchise tax purposes, is not subject to the requirements of sub. (1).
101.583(2) (2)Information.
101.583(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in s. 101.589, within 15 days after a written request by an employee or employee representative, exclusive of weekends and legal holidays, an employer shall provide to the employee or employee representative in writing the following information regarding any toxic substance with which the employee works or worked or to which the employee is likely to be or has been exposed:
101.583(2)(a)1. 1. The trade name of the toxic substance.
101.583(2)(a)2. 2. The chemical name and any commonly used synonym for the toxic substance and the chemical name and any commonly used synonym for its major components.
101.583(2)(a)3. 3. The boiling point, vapor pressure, vapor density, solubility in water, specific gravity, percentage volatile by volume, evaporation rate for liquids and appearance and odor of the toxic substance.
101.583(2)(a)4. 4. The flash point and flammable limits of the toxic substance.
101.583(2)(a)5. 5. Any permissible exposure level, threshold limit value or other established limit value for exposure to the toxic substance.
101.583(2)(a)6. 6. The stability of the toxic substance.
101.583(2)(a)7. 7. Recommended fire extinguishing media, special fire fighting procedures and any unusual fire and explosion hazard information for the toxic substance.
101.583(2)(a)8. 8. Any effect of overexposure to the toxic substance, emergency and first aid procedures and a telephone number to be called in an emergency.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)