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Department of Labor

Workplace Safety & Loss Prevention

We Can Help You Improve Workplace Safety and Lower Costs

Under the Workers’ Compensation Reform Law of 2007, the New York State Department of Labor administers workplace safety and loss prevention programs. The goal is to make workplaces safer and reduce workers’ compensation costs. There are two programs: one required and the other voluntary.

Code Rule 59

The required program is called Industrial Code Rule 59, Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention. See Code Rule 59. It requires a comprehensive safety and loss prevention consultation and evaluation for an employer with:

  • An annual payroll of over $800,000
  • A workers' compensation experience modification rating of more than 1.20

The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) issues notices to employers that must participate in the program. You can visit the Rating Board's web page for more information about how they determine who receives the notices. After the notices are sent, the Department of Labor is responsible for monitoring and compliance.

Employers that do not follow the law will receive a 5% surcharge on the manual portion of their workers’ compensation premium. The surcharge goes up an extra 5% for each year they do not comply.

How to Comply with Code Rule 59.

Code Rule 60

The voluntary program is called Industrial Code Rule 60, the Workplace Safety and Loss Incentive Program (WSLPIP). See Code Rule 60 (PDF). This program gives a credit to:

  • Self-insured employers
  • Insured employers with an experience rating of less than 1.30 and an annual workers' compensation premium of at least $5,000

You can get a credit if you volunteer to start one or more program for:

  • Safety Incentive
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention
  • Return-to-Work

WSLPIP Fact Sheet (PDF)

How to Apply for an Incentive Credit under Code Rule 60.

To get more information about Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Programs, see Model Programs, Additional Resources, and Links.

How to Contact Us

Send all correspondence for Code Rule 59 and 60 to:
Program Manager
New York State Department of Labor
Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Program
State Office Campus, Building 12, Room 168
Albany, NY 12240

Phone: (518) 485-9766
Fax: (518) 457-1639
Email: [email protected]

Related Links:

NYS Insurance Fund

NYS Department of Financial Services

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

NYS Workers’ Compensation Board

NYS Workers’ Compensation Law Section 134 – Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Programs

US Census Bureau - North American Industry Classification System

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