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287.123. Insurers to establish safety engineering and management services program - requirements - division to maintain registry. -1. Each insurance carrier writing workers' compensation insurance in this state shall establish a program whereby the carrier shall have available and shall provide to each employer obtaining workers' compensation coverage from such insurance carrier comprehensive safety engineering and management services upon a request made by the employer for such services.
2. Each insurance carrier writing workers' compensation insurance in this state shall provide the director of the department of labor and industrial relations with a written outline of the safety engineering and management program required to be established under subsection 1 of this section. Such program required to be established pursuant to subsection 1 of this section shall require certification by the director as to its adequacy in providing safety management and loss control to the employer. An insurance carrier's program required to be established pursuant to subsection 1 of this section shall be reviewed by the director at least annually to determine that it is delivering comprehensive services for safety education and the elimination of and protection against unsafe acts in the workplace and frequently recognized compensable worker injuries. An insurance carrier may establish such program required to be established pursuant to subsection 1 of this section through contracts with private safety engineering and management service companies in the state. Each insurance carrier shall collect annual data on what impact its program required to be established pursuant to subsection 1 of this section has had on compensable losses of the employers it insures, and such data shall be made available to the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration and the department of labor and industrial relations. When the employer requests services under such program and the insurance carrier provides such services, the insurance carrier shall report such services to the division.
3. At each time the division of workers' compensation receives notice from an employer that the employer has purchased workers' compensation insurance coverage from a different insurance carrier or has made an initial purchase of workers' compensation coverage, the division shall notify the employer in writing of publicly or privately administered worker safety programs available in the state, unless such notice has been given in the prior twelve months.
4. The division shall maintain a registry of safety consultants and safety engineers certified by the department of labor and industrial relations and such registry shall be available for inspection by any employer in this state. Standards and requirements for certificates of safety consultants and safety engineers shall be determined by the department of labor and industrial relations by rule.
(L. 1993 S.B. 251, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1237, et al., A.L. 2001 S.B. 521)