New Hampshire Safety Committees laws & safety compliance analysis

New Hampshire Safety Committees: What you need to know

Private and public (state and local governments) sector employers with 15 or more employees (formerly five or more employees) must establish a joint loss safety committee (Committee).

The NH Department of Labor’s (DOL) Safety and Training Division governs the safety committee requirements in both public and private sector workplaces.

NH Stat. 281-A:64 and NH Regulations-Labor (Lab) 603
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Employers with 15 or more employees (formerly five or more employees) must establish a Committee, composed of an equal number of employer and employee representatives. The Committee must meet regularly and develop and carry out workplace safety programs, alternative work programs, and continuing safety education programs for both employers and employees. Employers that do not comply with these mandated programs may receive fines of up to $250 (formerly $1,000) per day for each day of noncompliance.

Committee location and number of committees. A Committee must be located at each of the employer’s primary places of employment at a major economic unit at a single geographic location composed of a building or group of buildings and all surrounding facilities. The location must have employer and employee representatives present, control of a portion of a budget, and the ability to take action on the majority of the recommendations made by the committee.

Committee size. Each Committee must have at least two members where there are fewer than 20 employees at each workplace location and at least four members where there are more than 20 employees.

Employee member selection. The employee representative(s) must be selected by employees. There are additional requirements for member selection based on labor ...

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