(a) Policyholders who have not had an accident prevention plan developed and implemented in the last six months prior to notification shall, not later than 30 days following the effective date of the policy, or receipt of notice of identification as a Rejected Risk employer, whichever occurs later, complete a safety consultation using a source approved by the division pursuant to § 164.9 and § 164.10 of this title (relating to Approval of Professional Sources for Safety Consultations; and Removal From the List of Approved Sources). The consultation may be provided by:
(1) the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Division of Workers’ Health and Safety (the division);
(2) the Texas Mutual Insurance Company; or
(3) another professional source.
(b) Policyholders who have had an accident prevention plan developed and implemented within the six months prior to notification of their identification as a Rejected Risk employer must obtain division review of the plan for adequacy, to include an on-site visit.
(c) The division shall provide the Texas Mutual Insurance Company with a list of approved professional sources. If the Texas Mutual Insurance Company elects not to provide the policyholder with safety consultation and accident prevention plan development services, the Texas Mutual Insurance Company shall include a copy of the list with the notification letter to the policyholder. If the Texas Mutual Insurance Company elects to provide such services, the list will be provided to the policyholder by the Texas Mutual Insurance Company at the request of the policyholder.
(d) The safety consultant, identified in subsection (a) of this section, shall visit the policyholder’s work place, review existing safety programs, conduct a walk through at each appropriate job site to include a hazard exposure survey, and prepare a program review report. The report shall be in a written format prescribed by the commission.
(e) The initial program review report must be delivered to the division of Workers’ Health and Safety no later than 30 days after the policyholder receives the notice of identification. An extension of 30 days may be obtained from the division for good cause.
(f) The safety consultants identified in subsection (a) of this section may charge the employer for consultations provided under this section.
The provisions of this § 165.2 adopted to be effective April 25, 1999, 24 TexReg 3092; amended to be effective September 12, 2004, 29 TexReg 8610.