Distribution: Effective safety committees
- Have an agenda. Just putting together a committee and talking about safety may not yield measurable results. Create a plan and a set of activities to implement up front and then follow up on progress.
- Secure leadership at the local level. A safety committee is not a function that can be delegated if it is to get the attention it deserves. A senior level representative in the organization should not only sit at the table, but also have ownership of the committee’s activities and results.
- Establish a system for feedback. Safety committees should set up a mechanism to encourage employees to submit suggestions, questions and concerns. This promotes employee participation and enables the committee to assess issues and ensure a response.
- Hold management accountable. A safety committee is not responsible for safety â€” managers and employees are responsible for safety. Remember, the purpose of the committee is to assist managers and employees in meeting their safety objectives.