Keller-Soft® Safety Committee Customizer® 375-KS-R - Safety Committee Requirements By State

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Although safety committees are not required at the federal level, 14 states have requirements for committees. Others do not require safety requirements, but encourage their formation and use, publish guidelines for them, or have reduced Workers' Compensation premiums for employers who establish them.

The following summarizes state requirements relative to workplace safety committees as of 2006.

State Committee Is Required Committee Is Suggested For these Employers
Alaska   X Requires accident prevention programs which may include safety committees.
California X X Required for employers covered under the Mine Safety Code. Not required for other employers, although the state published guidelines.
Connecticut X   All with 25 or more employees and employers whose rate of injury or illness exceeds the average incident rate.
Hawaii   X Requires safety and health programs which may include safety committees.
Michigan X X Required for public sector employees. For private sector, reduced MI OSHA penalties if safety committee exists.
Minnesota X   All with 25 or more employees or those with an incident rate in the top ten percent or with premium rates in the top 25 percent.
Montana X   All with more than 5 employees.
Nebraska X   All subject to the Workers’ Compensation Act.
Nevada X   All with 25 or more employees and all those engaged in the manufacture of explosives.
New Hampshire X   All with 5 or more employees.
North Carolina X   All with 11 or more employees or with a workers’ compensation rate of 1.5 or higher.
Oklahoma X   All public employers with 25 or more employees.
Oregon X   All with 11 or more employees or an incident rate in the top 10 percent or with workers’ comp rates in the top 25% of all classes.
Pennsylvania   X All, receive a one–time 5 % reduction in workers’ comp premium if have a committee.
Tennessee X   All with an experience modification factor of 1.2 or higher.
Vermont   X Recommends safety committees as one way to control workers’ compensation costs.
Virginia   X All, may receive reduced VA DLI penalties. A condition of participating in the Virginia Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Washington X   All with 11 or more employees on the same shift at the same location.
West Virginia X   All whose combination of premium size and experience modification factor meets the criteria of the rule.


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