There are no regulations in New York that require private sector employers to create safety and health committees. County governments under certain circumstances must create a labor-management safety committee.
Though establishment of such committees is not a federal or state requirement, many businesses maintain them even in states that do not require them in order to help improve their safety and health programs. Many insurance companies offer benefit incentives or rate discounts for businesses with established safety and health committees. Committee members develop or oversee development of safety and health programs, monitor and help implement program elements, and evaluate program progress toward the reduction of workplace illness and injury rates.
LABOR-MANAGEMENT SAFETY COMMITTEE
NY Workers’ Compensation Law 67-71
If a county elects to operate a workers’ compensation self-insurance plan on an experience rating basis, the chief elected official must create and appoint a labor-management safety committee. The committee must educate public employees of the plan participants in proper health and safety procedures in the workplace and design such additional programs as may be appropriate to the development of a safe working environment.
Group and Quasi-Group Dividend Plans
11 NYCCR 153.7
For group and quasi-group dividend plans, a safety committee must be established to monitor progress and problems in implementing the accident prevention and loss reduction plan. See the state Safety Plans analysis for information about the loss-reduction plans.