(1) The Safety Culture Act enacted by the 1993 Montana state legislature encourages workers and employers to come together to create and implement a work place safety philosophy. It is the intent of the act to raise work place safety to a preeminent position in the minds of all Montana's workers and employers. Therefore, it is the responsibility and duty of employers to participate in the development and implementation of safety programs that will meet the specific needs of their work place; thereby establishing a safety culture that will help create a safe work environment for all future generations of Montanans.
(2) The purpose of these rules is to set forth requirements employers must meet to comply with the Safety Culture Act passed by the 1993 Montana legislature. These rules also offer employers guidelines for implementation of workplace safety programs to help reduce the incidence of occupational injury and illness by promoting safety in the workplace. Nothing in these rules relieves the employer from compliance with other industry or association standards or other legal requirements.