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Role and Responsibilities of a Safety Committee

- January 16, 2018 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)

Have you ever attended a safety committee where people gather around a table eating donuts and a moderator is droning on about the rising cost of claims and you’re thinking to yourself “why am I here?”.  Unfortunately, safety committee meetings can become routine and non-productive. So, what is the point of a safety committee?

Besides being required in states like Nevada, when an establishment has 25 or more employees, a safety committee makes sense for companies that would like to establish a safety culture.  As we are taught in Risk Management 101, it takes a team to establish an effective safety program and one of the key teams that should be created is the safety committee.

Safety committees can be an effective tool to enhance safety within an organization, or it can end up as a meeting to socialize with friends and colleagues and drink coffee and eat donuts.  An effective safety committee can provide senior management with safety problem solvers that understand the processes, challenges and dynamics of the business.

By analyzing accidents and incidents within the company, the safety committee can help determine the root cause of how or why the accidents/incidents occur.  By understanding the how and why, they can make suggestions and recommendations to upper management on how prevent future occurrences. Since your committee members are on the production floor, at the construction site, or working in the field on a daily basis, they can provide valuable insight that a manager or officer of the company may not have.

The role of the safety committee is only limited by the imagination of its members and management that created it.  So, how big is your imagination?