by Jeanine Poole
New Hampshire’s requirements for employer safety programs are changing. Passed in June, House Bill 1587 goes into effect on January 1, 2013. The new law provides:
- Employers with 15 or more employees (formerly 10 or more employees) must have a written safety program filed with the New Hampshire Department of Labor (NHDOL).
- Once filed, the program must be updated and filed with the NHDOL every two years (formerly biennially on January 1).
- Employers with 15 or more employees (formerly five or more employees) must establish a joint loss safety committee.
- The NHDOL can assess administrative penalties up to $250 (formerly $1,000) per day for each day of noncompliance.
- The workers’ compensation safety inspection fund is repealed. Collected penalties now go to the state’s general fund.