Components of an Effective Safety Committee

Whether you are trying to create or maintain your companies safety plan, establishing an effective safety committee can go a long way. The strength of your safety plan can be increased with an engaged and high-performing safety committee by improving your desired results.

There isn't necessarily a right or wrong way to establish and operate a safety committee. There are strong OSHA guidelines that can provide organizations direction on best practices for safety committees. When these guidelines are followed properly you will add value to your organization, save lives, reduce costs and drive value for employees and customers.

It is always easier to understand and execute something when it's broken down into manageable parts. This is also the case as we look at best practices for establishing a safety committee.  

  1. Laying the groundwork- All your team members need to understand why you are creating a safety committee and believ ein the value it will generate.
  2. Determining membership- diversity is key here; don't just put leadership on the committee. A safety committee that crosses multiple functions and roles in your organization will be stronger.
  3. Establishing the functions - a clear understanding of the best practices you want to emulate along with the goal and objectives of the committee are critical success factors.

Conducting safety committee meetings - in order to make an ongoing impact, what does a meeting look like? Ensuring you have a regular, sustainable meeting process in place with elements like injury reviews, policy reviews, OSHA requirement discussions are just a few key components of an effective agenda.