Safety Committees Increase Awareness & Participation

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Safety committees can be an integral part of ensuring a safer workplace. They not only demonstrate management’s commitment to safety, but promote compliance, reduce injuries and related costs, and help keep employees aware of & engaged in safe practices.

Committee functions:

  • Assist with regulatory compliance
  • Coordinate safety training programs
  • Investigate accidents
  • Assess safety equipment & PPE needs
  • Monitor Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Conduct Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)

Committee structure:

  • Chairman
  • Secretary
  • Members
  • Guests

Developing the committee:

  • Membership should be a reflection of the size of the facility and include personnel from Operations, Maintenance, Safety, HR, Medical (if available), and other departments
  • Membership should be on a volunteer basis, and open to all employees
  • Assign specific responsibilities to chairperson, secretary and members
  • Members should be rotated annually or semi-annually
  • Determine frequency of meetings and publish dates in advance
  • Establish a committee charter
  • Appoint sub-committees when needed

Tips for success:

  • Limit meetings to 1 hour
  • Start & end on time
  • Create an agenda in advance and stick with it
  • Record and distribute minutes
  • Keep management informed
  • Be creative!

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