The Pennsylvania Workplace Safety Committee Certification program certified 42 initial applications and re-certified 598 workplace safety committee applications saving employers more than $4.6 million in workers compensation costs during the month of May.
The PA Workplace Safety Committee Certification Program helps employers reduce their workers comp premiums by 5 percent each year.
To receive this premium reduction, employers must establish a safety committee that meets certain requirements, fill out a committee certification application, and have it approved by the Department of Labor and Industry.
Total Savings of More than $574M Since 1994
Since the program's inception in 1994, employers have realized a total savings of more than $574 million.
Basic committee requirements include:
- A minimum of two employer and two employee representatives, monthly meetings, and the committee be in operation for at least 6 full months before submittal of initial application;
- Members be trained by qualified trainers in safety committee operations, hazard inspections, and accident investigations, before submittal of initial application and annually thereafter;
- Written committee meeting agendas, attendance lists, and meeting minutes must be documented and kept for submittal with your initial application; and
- Initial applications must be received between 30-90 days prior to workers comp insurance policy renewal date and re-certification applications must be received between 90-15 days prior to workers comp insurance policy renewal date.
For more information or to register your business, visit the Workplace Safety Committee Program website at or call the Health & Safety Division at (717) 772-1635.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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