Does "Safety and Health Programs and Committees" Apply to You?

Do you have an experience rate modifier of 1.5 or higher? If yes, then you need to comply with safety and health programs and committees (13 NCAC 7A.0600 - .0607). Note: This standard applies to all industries in North Carolina with a high experience modifier.

This North Carolina state specific standard requires businesses with a workers’ compensation experience rate modifier (ERM) of 1.5 or higher to improve their workplace safety and health efforts by establishing a safety and health program that includes workplace inspections, training, accident investigations, safe work practices and other safety and health efforts.

The Consultative Services Bureau, within the North Carolina Department of Labor, will send you a letter if the N.C. Rate Bureau identified your company as having an ERM of 1.5 or higher. As required by safety and health programs and committees, your workplace must establish a written safety and health program, and if you have 11 or more employees, you must create an employee safety and health committee as well. You are required to respond to the letter to ensure you are in compliance with the law.

Reference the Safety and Health Programs and Committees webpage for more information regarding these requirements.