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Maine Safety Plans: What you need to know

An employer whose workers' compensation experience rating is 2 or more must establish a workplace health and safety plan (Plan). A credit of 5 percent to 15 percent of the net annual premium may be given to any employer that establishes and implements a Plan. Employers that fail to complete and submit a Plan as required will be assessed a surcharge of 10 percent of their insurance premium.

39-A ME Rev. Stat. 9-401, and Code of ME Rules 12-170-8
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An employer whose workers' compensation experience rating is 2 or more must establish a workplace health and safety plan. All insurers must offer Plans to employers with an experience rating of one or more; employers may use consultants to help establish such Plans.

Penalty. Employers that fail to complete and submit a Plan as required will be assessed a surcharge of 10 percent of their insurance premium.

Incentive. A credit of 5 percent to 15 percent of the net annual premium may be given to any employer that establishes and implements a Plan.

Elements of a Plan. An employer whose experience rating is 2 or more must establish a written Plan that identifies the specific safety and health protective actions to be taken, the officials responsible for implementation, and the dates by which the actions will be completed. The Plan must address:

  • Management commitment and employee involvement
  • Worksite analysis and accident investigation
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Safety and health training
  • Medical management of injured or ill workers

The employer must describe what steps have and/or will be taken to improve workplace safety and health and to abate the documented hazards. If corrective action has recently been taken, those actions should be described. If implementation of a ...


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