Private sector employers are regulated by federal workplace safety and health requirements. There are no requirements for a written workplace safety plan in the state.
North Dakota offers a 5 percent discount on annual workers’ compensation premiums if the employer participates in a state-sponsored safety program. The state offers an 8 percent discount (not to exceed $800) on the annual workers’ compensation premium for certain small employers. Employers who successfully participate in a substance abuse prevention program may receive an additional 3 percent premium discount. The availability of the risk management programs is contingent on sufficient fund surplus as determined by the organization.
RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The state offers a 5 percent discount on annual workers' compensation premiums if the employer participates in the state-sponsored Workforce Safety and Insurance Risk Management Program and meets the basic program requirements (ND Stat. Chap. 65-04-19.1; NDAC 92-05-01). In order to qualify for the discount, the employer must have a written safety policy and a working safety program.
The policy must identify and define the safety responsibilities of both management and employees. It must include:
- A safety policy signed by top management, identifying the responsibilities of management and employees for ensuring a safe workplace
- An accident investigation and near-miss program (those incidents resulting in neither injury nor property damage)
- General written minimum safety standards
- Safe operating procedures and tasks involving recognized hazards
- A claims management program that requires employees to report accidents
- A list of essential job functions for ...