?Do I need to have a safety program if I only hire one person for 1 or 2 months out of the year?
AYes, all employers are required to have an educational based training program that includes the required elements.
?When I hire a new employee, do I need to conduct the general safety orientation the first day of employment?
AYou should complete the general safety orientation the first day an employee reports to work. This orientation should cover the basic information such as the location of first aid kits, fire extinguishers, exits, and possible hazards. Task-specific safety training should be given within a reasonable time, not more than 30 days from the date of employment.
?Would documentation requirements be met by keeping a federal form on file?
AYes, it is intended that you and your insurer have flexibility in developing a safety program that meets the needs of your business. Avoiding duplication is encouraged.
?What record keeping is required?
ARecords of training new employees, safety meetings, and suggestions for improving safety in your workplace should be kept, but these records do not have to be sent to any state agencies.
?Who enforces the Montana Safety Culture Act?
AThe purpose of the legislation is to actively promote safety in every workplace to reduce the number of occupational injuries and illnesses. It is intended that voluntary safety compliance, with the suggestions of your insurer, can best achieve this goal. If you are insured by the State Fund, they have the authority to raise your premiums if you fail to implement a safety program.
?We have an early return-to-work program in place. Would the Safety Committee decide if someone should return to work or not?
AThe Safety Committee is a fact finding body that reports to the employer on safety issues. The Committee would not make personnel decisions or make recommendations to the employer.
?I have 50 employees; how big should my safety committee be?
AThe safety committee should provide effective representation of the employer's and employee's interest. Your workers' compensation insurer can help you decide what size your committee should be.