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44-575. State workers compensation self-insurance fund; state agencies self-insured as single employer; administration; state workplace health and safety program. (a) As used in K.S.A. 44-575 through 44-580, and amendments thereto, "state agency" means the state, or any department or agency of the state, but not including the Kansas turnpike authority, the university of Kansas hospital authority, any political subdivision of the state or the district court with regard to district court officers or employees whose total salary is payable by counties.

(b) For the purposes of providing for the payment of compensation for claims arising on and after July 1, 1974, and all other amounts required to be paid by any state agency as a self-insured employer under the workers compensation act and any amendments or additions thereto, there is hereby established the state workers compensation self-insurance fund in the state treasury. The name of the state workmen's compensation self-insurance fund is hereby changed to the state workers compensation self-insurance fund. Whenever the state workmen's compensation self-insurance fund is referred to or designated by any statute, contract or other document, such reference or designation shall be deemed to apply to the state workers compensation self-insurance fund.

(c) The state workers compensation self-insurance fund shall be liable to pay: (1) All compensation for claims arising on and after July 1, 1974, and all other amounts required to be paid by any state agency as a self-insured employer under the workers compensation act and any amendments or additions thereto; (2) the amount that all state agencies are liable to pay of the "carrier's share of expense" of the administration of the office of the director of workers' compensation as provided in K.S.A. 74-712 through 74-719, and amendments thereto, for each fiscal year; (3) all compensation for claims remaining from the self-insurance program which existed prior to July 1, 1974, for institutional employees of the commission of community services and programs of the Kansas department for aging and disability services; (4) the cost of administering the state workers compensation self-insurance fund including the defense of such fund and any costs assessed to such fund in any proceeding to which it is a party; and (5) the cost of establishing and operating the state workplace health and safety program under subsection (f). For the purposes of K.S.A. 44-575 through 44-580, and amendments thereto, all state agencies are hereby deemed to be a single employer whose liabilities specified in this section are hereby imposed solely upon the state workers compensation self-insurance fund and such employer is hereby declared to be a fully authorized and qualified self-insurer under K.S.A. 44-532, and amendments thereto, but such employer shall not be required to make any reports thereunder.

(d) The secretary of health and environment shall administer the state workers compensation self-insurance fund and all payments from such fund shall be upon warrants of the director of accounts and reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by the secretary of health and environment or a person or persons designated by the secretary. The director of accounts and reports may issue warrants pursuant to vouchers approved by the secretary for payments from the state workers compensation self-insurance fund notwithstanding the fact that claims for such payments were not submitted or processed for payment from money appropriated for the fiscal year in which the state workers compensation self-insurance fund first became liable to make such payments.

(e) The secretary of health and environment shall remit all moneys received by or for the secretary in the capacity as administrator of the state workers compensation self-insurance fund, to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the state workers compensation self-insurance fund.

(f) There is hereby established the state workplace health and safety program within the state workers compensation self-insurance program of the department of health and environment. The secretary of health and environment shall implement and the division of industrial health and safety of the Kansas department of labor shall assist in administering the state workplace health and safety program for state agencies. The state workplace health and safety program shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Workplace health and safety hazard surveys in all state agencies, including onsite interviews with employees;

(2) workplace health and safety hazard prevention services, including inspection and consultation services;

(3) procedures for identifying and controlling workplace hazards;

(4) development and dissemination of health and safety informational materials, plans, rules and work procedures; and

(5) training for supervisors and employees in healthful and safe work practices.

History: L. 1974, ch. 204, § 1; L. 1977, ch. 110, § 6; L. 1977, ch. 180, § 1; L. 1980, ch. 147, § 1; L. 1993, ch. 286, § 67; L. 1999, ch. 168, § 1; L. 2001, ch. 5, § 139; L. 2013, ch. 104, § 15; L. 2014, ch. 115, § 194; July 1.


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