Everything you ever wanted to know about Safety Committees

Safety Committees

Regardless of the size of your FEC, a properly organized and managed safety committee is a valuable tool for use in preventing accidents. Because of its adaptability, the safely committee is described in more detail below. Some or all the functions described may be performed differently and should be customized to the size of your FEC.

What is a Safety Committee?

A safety committee is a group of employees appointed to aid and advise management on matters of worker and patron safety. It is important that the owner or a member of management participate in the organization of the Safety Meetings.

A chairman of the committee should be chosen and then hold regular monthly meetings at which recommendations, accidents, records, and program plans are discussed. The committee should make monthly inspections on selected areas paying special attention to the safety committee aims chosen for that month.

Why a Safety Committee?

A safety committee does not take away supervisors’ responsibility for safety and health, but it does help them in their constant effort to prevent injuries and illness.  The on-the-job experience of the committee members is available in determining hazardous conditions and methods of work, suggesting corrective measures and obtaining cooperation of all personnel.  By observing, thinking, and discussing, the committee provides the stimulation and suggestions necessary to maintain safe and healthy environment for patrons and employees alike.

What Does the Safety Committee Do?

The successful safety committee plans activities that are guided by the loss control program. The activities are determined by the size of the committee and the policies set by the group.

It is advisable to establish definite policies at the time the committee is organized. These policies should include some or all of the following items:

1.   Establish procedures for handling committee suggestions and recommendations
2. Conduct regularly scheduled meetings to discuss accident prevention methods, safety promotion, items noted on an inspection, injury records, and other pertinent subjects.
3. Conduct a monthly inspection of selected areas of the establishment to discover accident sources and hazards.
4.   Investigate accidents for means of preventing reoccurrence
5.   Provide information in regards to safe working methods and practices
6.  Recommend changes or additions to protective equipment or devices to eliminate hazards.
7.   Develop or revise practices and rules to comply with current safety and health needs
8.   Promote safety and first aid training for committee members and workers.
9.   Participate in advertising and selling safety and health to the workers
10. Keep records of minutes of meetings.

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