Why Your Business Needs a Safety Committee
You’ve got a safety manager, written safety programs and sufficient policies to keep your workers healthy – why implement a safety committee? Safety committees are excellent drivers of safety culture and can turn safety ideas into successful actions.
Safety committees can help your workplace to:
- Empower employees to identify problems and recommend solutions through conversations with workers about their health and safety concerns.
- Advise management and employees on safety matters pertaining to the organization’s overall operations.
- Help management identify, assess and control hazards and develop and monitor policies, plans and programs.
- Improve communication with management about safety concerns and operational issues.
- Reinforce management’s commitment to employee safety.
- Reduce inefficiencies and decrease number of injuries by implementing better work practices.
- Increase employee safety awareness and knowledge.
- Promote positive safety culture.
Safety committee responsibilities include:
- Providing a forum for labor and management to discuss health and safety issues and collaborate on solutions.
- Reviewing safety inspections/incident investigations and carrying forward new issues brought up from a variety of sources (new laws, new processes, injury trends, etc.).
- Developing safe work practices and written safety programs.
- Reviewing safety rules and procedures annually and after any operational changes.
- Leading safety training and education for employees, supervisors and members.
- Completing job hazard evaluations, visual safety inspections and behavioral safety observations to evaluate new processes/employees, following up on accident investigations, identifying unsafe conditions or areas that need improvement and following up on past recommendations.
- Promoting employees’ interests in health and safety issues and receiving employee suggestions/ideas for controlling hazards and improving safety.
- Promoting the importance of injury reporting.
- Creating an injury/loss review committee to determine injury causes in a group setting with the injured employee and supervisor.
- Reviewing incidents, near misses, accident investigation reports, claim summaries and loss analyses to determine corrective actions that will prevent future losses.
- Identifying modified duty jobs and establish procedures for their use.
Safety committee member qualities:
- Interested in workplace safety and health issues
- Respected individual with leadership skills
- Familiar with company operations, policies and procedures
- Interested in finding solutions that meet the needs of the entire workforce
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