When Were Your Workplace Health, Safety, and Security Procedures Audited Last?

Health and safety of your employees should always be a number one concern. Depending on the size and type of your business, Missouri law requires you to have Worker’s Compensation insurance for your employees. If you feel that your business needs an HR audit of your Health, Safety and Security procedures, call Kmet Consulting at 877-783-5638 or visit our website for more information. Let’s take a deeper look at the legal requirements for businesses in regard to Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

Source: https://labor.mo.gov/DWC/Employers

According to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations:

“In the state of Missouri you are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if you have five or more employees unless you are in the construction industry, then you must carry workers’ compensation insurance if you have one or more employees. Employers that don’t have the required number of employees or who have employees in the exempt categories may “elect” to come under the law and carry workers’ compensation insurance. Exempt employers that decide not to purchase workers compensation insurance or to self-insure remain exposed to civil lawsuits brought by employees who are injured during work. Sole proprietors and partners are not themselves covered unless they elect to be covered; close family member-employees and members of a limited liability company are presumed to be covered unless they opt out.”

“After an injury has occurred, the injured worker should notify the employer in writing of the injury; the written notice should include the date, time and place of injury, the nature of the injury and the name and address of the person injured. The employer must then report the injury to the insurance company or TPA within five days of the date of injury or within five days of the date on which the injury was reported to the employer by the employee, whichever is later. The insurer, TPA, or Division-approved service company for a self-insured employer or group trust is responsible for filing a First Report of Injury with the Division within 30 days after knowledge of the injury.”

How to Try and Prevent Workplace Injuries

Awareness and Education are key! Make sure everyone is aware of your safety rules and procedures and post them in a public place for everyone to see. If you make an update, be sure to update your posting immediately so everyone can stay up to date as well.

Interested in an HR Audit of Your Health, Safety, and Security Procedures?

An HR audit allows you to see if there is room for improvement. Identifying employment issues can also help avoid costly mistakes and lawsuits. An HR audit involves an objective look at the company’s HR policies, practices, procedures and strategies to protect the company, establish best practices, identify opportunities for improvement and assess compliance with ever-changing rules and regulations. HR audits are particularly valuable after significant changes in an organization such as a restructuring, an expansion or a reduction-in-force. In addition to Health, Safety and Security audit, Kmet Consulting also specializes in:

  • Legal Compliance (EEO, Affirmative Action, ADA, FMLA, Immigration Reform, FLSA, OSHA, etc.)
  • Record Keeping (Personnel Files, I-9s, Applications, etc.)
  • Compensation/Pay Equity
  • Employee Relations
  • Performance Appraisal Systems
  • Policies and Procedures/Employee Handbook
  • Terminations

If you are interested in one of these services, please call Kmet Consulting at 877-783-5638 today.



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