MEMIC recently put together an excellent guide on effective Safety Committees.
What is a Safety Committee? A Safety Committee is a group of concerned individuals who have the overall safety and well-being of the employees and the success of the company in mind. Forming safety committees is an easy and effective way to improve the safety and health of the workplace. From an employer’s perspective, safety committees are great because they get employees involved and focused on keeping their workplace safe, on reducing accidents, and on increasing productivity. From an employee’s perspective, safety committees provide a safe venue where individuals can express their safety concerns, ask safety-related questions, or offer suggestions for improvement.
The purpose of the Safety Committee is to get more employees actively involved in safety, to eliminate accidents, and to help create a corporate culture that embraces safety. A Safety Committee consists of individuals gathered together to:
- complete self-inspections
- review workplace accidents and complete accident investigations
- recommend corrective actions
- express their safety concerns
- review and improve safety policies and programs
- suggest and coordinate safety training