Department of Labor and Industry

Safety and Health

Safety and Health Section

Welcome to the Safety and Health Bureau Home Page

Safety and Health Bureau Mission Statement

The mission of the Safety and Health Bureau is to raise the level of awareness of Montana employers and employees about workplace safety and health through inspection, consultation, technical assistance and training.

SafetyFestMT

SafetyFestMTThe Montana Safety and Health Bureau, in partnership with WorkSafeMT, offers occupational safety and health training to all of Montana's workers and business owners. 

All sessions are FREE and cover a variety of safety topics - like creating a culture of safety in your company, OSHA Construction and General Industry, MSHA, First Aid and more.

Click here for information and registration.

What We Do

  • Public sector workplace compliance with safety and health standards
  • Private sector OSHA consultations - help with OSHA compliance
  • Workplace technical assistance on safety and health issues
  • Provide industrial hygiene services
  • Workplace safety and health training
  • Mine training
  • Inspections of coal mines
  • Inspections of sand and gravel operations
  • Improve safety by incorporating the Montana Safety Culture Act into your organization

Help From OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health

Public Sector Compliance

The Montana Safety Act and the Montana Occupational Health Act require safety and health inspections of workplaces of public employers , eg. cities, counties, schools, etc. There are approximately 2,100 single public entities to be inspected statewide under this “mandatory inspection program.” The Safety Bureau currently conducts 200-250 inspections per year.

OSHA Consultation Project

(Private Sector)
Under a grant from OSHA the Safety Bureau will provide, at an employer's request, a confidential comprehensive safety and health consultation at no cost. Consultations are limited to employers with less than 250 employees. Employers in high hazard industries are given priority.
Phone: (406) 444-6401

Mine Safety and Health

Mine Training Calendar

The Montana Safety and Health Bureau offers mine safety training.  The fees are listed below:

  • $10/person - Refresher Class
  • $20/person - New Miner

Please bring a check for the exact amount made out to MT Dept. of Labor & Industry.

You must click on the training session you would like to attend on the calender and notify the instructor that you want to register for that class!

Consultation Services

Consultation services are available for any type of mine in Montana.

Mine Training

The Safety Bureau will provide the following services at the employer's request:

  • Annual refresher and new miner training for mines, miners and related contractors.
  • Training is provided for all types of mining operations including surface, underground, metal-nonmetal, and coal operations by certified MSHA instructors.
  • Underground and surface coal mine foreman classes, examinations and certifications.
  • First aid training for miners, as required by the MSHA training plan.· Training topics include artificial respiration, controlling bleeding, burns and musculoskeletal injuries.

If you would like to request mine training Click Here.

Inspections

The Safety Bureau, under Montana Public Law 50-73-101 MCA (The Montana Coal Mine Safety Act), is responsible for workplace safety and health compliance in coal mines and sand and gravel operations.

How we can help:

  • Assist mine operators in mine safety training plan development
  • Partner with contractors to ensure Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Compliance
  • Work with multiple county, state and federal agencies to assist in accident investigations and safety

Contact Information

The Montana Safety and Health Bureau
(406) 444-6401

Free Safety Consultation Program

Free Safety Consultation Service for all Workplace Safety Needs

Identify problems before they become accidents. Workplace hazards have a direct impact on your employees and your business. The Montana Safety and Health Bureau offers safety consultations that are either comprehensive or limited to your specific needs.

There are no fees charged for the consultation nor are fines or penalties levied for any safety or health hazards observed during the consultation.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Safety and Health Bureau
Department of Labor and Industry
P.O. Box 1728
Helena, MT 59624-1728
Phone: (406) 444-6401

What We Can Do For You:

Our consultation services are confidential, conducted at no charge, and may include:

  • Identification of accident trends and significant potentials.
  • Explanation of requirements under the Montana Safety Culture Act.
  • Assistance with regulatory compliance.
  • Recommendations to control and eliminate hazards.
  • Written program evaluation.
  • Safety and health program development.
  • Industrial hygiene services, such as noise monitoring.
  • Hands-on training for health and safety topics.
  • Education on personal protective equipment.
  • Safety committees.
  • Ergonomic evaluations.
  • Safety brochures and materials.

With your cooperation and commitment an effective consultation will reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.

Who Can Request A Consultation

Private employers may request this service by contacting the Dept. of Labor and Industry, Occupational Safety and Health Bureau, at (406)444-6401. Consultations will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis with priority granted to small business employers in high hazard industries.

An Effective Consultation Will:

  • Assist in eliminating workplace safety and health hazards.
  • Help employers establish or strengthen an employee safety and health program.
  • Supply employers with the tools to lower workers’ compensation costs by reducing workplace injury and illness.
  • Aid in the eligibility process to participate in OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

The Montana Safety Culture Act

 

The Safety Culture Act enacted by the 1993 Montana State Legislature encourages workers and employers to come together to create and implement a workplace safety philosophy. It is the intent of the act to raise workplace safety to a preeminent position in the minds of all Montana's workers and employers.

Therefore, it is the responsibility and duty of employers to participate in the development and implementation of safety programs that will meet the specific needs of their workplace; thereby establishing a safety culture that will help create a safe work environment for all future generations of Montanans.

Listed within the links to the right are the six requirements all employers must meet, and the additional three requirements employers with more than five employees must meet, to comply with the Montana Safety Culture Act (MSCA) The requirements are numbered and in bold print. Following the requirements are recommendations from the Department of Labor and Industry offered as guidelines for implementation of the MSCA.

Recognizing the diversity of Montana's economy, the MSCA intends to allow some flexibility of interpretation and application so you and your workers' compensation insurer can establish a safety program appropriate to your business and employees' needs and circumstances. You are encouraged to contact your insurer for assistance in establishing your safety program.