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Nebraska Safety Committees: What you need to know

Every public and private sector employer subject to the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act must establish a safety committee. Each employer must present to its safety committee an effective injury prevention program that addresses all work sites and all classes of workers. The safety committee may adopt the employer-sponsored program, or develop its own.

NE Rev. Stat. 48-44 to 48-445, and 230 Nebraska Administrative Code 06
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Every public and private sector employer subject to the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act must establish a safety committee. Each employer must present to its safety committee an effective injury prevention program that addresses all work sites and all classes of workers. The safety committee may adopt the employer-sponsored program, or develop its own. Review of the adopted program must be made available to all employees upon request.

The program must approach each category of workplace danger with the intention of totally preventing workplace injuries, if feasible.

Concerning safety training, the program must include:

  • Initial safety orientation on rules, policies, and job-specific procedures for employees new to the work in a manner that is readily understood by each employee
  • Job-specific training for employees before they perform potentially dangerous work
  • Refresher training annually, at a minimum

The primary consideration for determining program effectiveness is if it results in reduction or elimination of accidents. Further consideration will be effective preventive measures, documentation, and constant response to unexpected emergencies.

An employer that fails to establish a safety committee may be subject to a civil penalty up to $1,000 for each day of the violation.


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