Safety Committee

This is going to sound pretty harsh but we don't typically recommend using a safety committee.

This is because the best way to manage safety is to manage it like you manage every other company function. Unless you have production committees, quality committees, cost control committees, etc… there is no reason to have a safety committee.

In fact having a safety committee in these cases actually can harm your safety performance since it sets the tone that safety is managed separately, and is therefore not as important as other aspects of the business.

Safety Committees are quite honestly a thing of the past and if you don’t have one you probably should not start one.

What if we already have a Safety Committee?

An effective safety committee can foster a sense of ownership by giving employees an opportunity to improve safety and reduce exposures within the company and also enhance communications between management and employees.

The problem is that very few committees are actually functional and can show a return on the investment.

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June 24, 2017

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A Formula For Success

There are four cornerstones at the foundation of every successful safety committee. Each one requires management's support and commitment, and should be addressed by the management team prior to the formation of the committee.

  • The Mission Statement
  • Guidelines of Authority
  • Procedures
  • Safety Committee Membership
  • The Mission Statement

Top management needs to develop a mission statement for the safety committee. In broad terms, the statement should explain why a safety committee is needed, and should describe the committee's intended role in the existing company safety program and overall business operations. The statement may also set general goals, objectives, and/or guidelines.

  • Guidelines of Authority

It is vital for management to develop guidelines with respect to the authority of the safety committee. To do this, a variety of issues must be addressed, including: Does a safety committee member have the authority to discipline a co-worker who is not following company safety rules? Does the committee have the authority to implement new company safety policies? Does the committee have permission to authorize capital expenditures?

Although there are no rigid rules regarding the degree and extent of the committee's authority, it is recommended that guidelines be written out as clearly and concisely as possible.

  • Procedures: How Things Get Done

The management team should create a list of procedures by which the safety committee will operate. Once this foundation is in place, members can organize effective meetings, and pinpoint the activities they will be involved in.

Meeting procedures may include descriptions of how:

  • the committee leader will be selected
  • the meeting schedule will be determined
  • the meeting agenda will be determined
  • the minutes will be kept, and by whom

Activity procedures should include descriptions of how:

  • facility inspections will be conducted
  • accident investigations will be conducted
  • new committee members will be selected
  • safety concerns will be communicated to management and employees
  • Safety Committee Membership

To ensure participation from all departments or work groups, committees may range in size from six to ten members. Some companies may establish more than one safety committee per location if the number of work groups is too large to be served by one committee.

Committees should include both employees and management, though the latter should not necessarily be designated the leader. Members should be interested in safety issues and have the time to participate actively. The safety committee should be representative of a variety of departments and jobs.

How can Safety Links help with your committee?

Safety Links will help by guiding the committee members with the development and implementation of their safety initiatives in addition to overseeing their overall progress.

As you may have experienced, committees can often lose sight of their goals and end up “spinning their wheels”. Having an objective third-party member sit on the committee can help keep the committee on track.

In addition, Safety Links can also work with your committee members to provide expert technical assistance for issues that they may not have the technical knowledge to solve and to ensure that their recommendations are compliant and feasible

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June 24, 2017

CONTACT SAFETY LINKS

Below you will find our various contact information, we look forward to hearing from you.

Office Hours
Mon - Fr 7:00am - 4:00pm

Phone
Toll Free: 1-800-768-7036
Office: 407-545-4699

Email
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