North Carolina Safety Committees laws & safety compliance analysis

North Carolina Safety Committees: What you need to know

Employers with poor safety records and more than 11 full-time employees per work site must establish workplace safety and health committees for each work site (N.C. Gen. Stat. 95-252, and 13 NCAC 07A.0600).

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Though establishment of such committees is not a federal 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.

N.C. Gen. Stat. 95-252 and 13 NCAC 07A.0601 to 07A.0607

Employers with poor safety records, as evidenced by a workers' compensation experience rate modifier of 1.5 or higher, must establish and implement safety and health programs to reduce hazards and prevent injuries and illnesses.  Time spent by employees in training administered as part of such a program is considered work time and is payable at the regular rate.  Employers of 11 or more full-time employees at a work site and an experience rate modifier exceeding 1.5 must establish safety and health committees to ensure prevention programs are fully implemented.

Committee membership (13 NCAC 07A.0604).  Safety and health committees must include:

  • One employee safety and health representative where the average number of nonmanagerial employees of the employer at the worksite during the preceding year was more than 10, but less than 50.
  • Two employee safety and health representatives where the ...

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