What is the State Certified Safety Committee?
The goal of the State Certified Safety Committee is to provide Pennsylvania workers with a safe workplace. Through its initiatives, the state increases productivity and reduces lost time due to injury, both of which have a positive effect on profitability. Employers who have been granted Certification of their Workplace Safety Committee are eligible to receive a 5% discount on their Workers’ Compensation Insurance premium annually. According to PA.gov, the committee must meet these requirements:
- Committees must be in existence and operating for six (6) FULL, consecutive calendar months prior to signing, dating, and submitting the Application.
- A quorum of committee members must meet at least monthly.
- The Application must be received by the Workers’ Compensation Certification Unit, in Harrisburg, between 90 and 30 calendar days in advance of the next workers’ compensation policy renewal date.
- Committees should be composed of a minimum of two (2) employer-representatives and a minimum of two (2) employee-representatives.
- All Committee members must be trained by a qualified trainer in safety committee operation, hazard inspection, and accident investigation prior to submitting the Application.
- Training of the safety committee members is required on an annual basis after obtaining certification.
- The Committee should be composed of at least an equal number of applicant-employer and employee-representatives unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties.
- Committees must meet monthly, keep meeting agendas, attendance lists, and meeting minutes.
- The Committee membership should represent all primary operations of the workplace.
Kline’s is a proud employer with this certification, and we do everything possible to provide a safe and ideal work environment for our team. Our goal is to attract the best workers in our industry, so our customers can be confident in the services we provide. To learn more, visit the PA Workplace Safety Committee Certification Program page.