A safe workplace is good for employees and the general public as well. Creating a safe workplace environment requires buy-in from the top level of management and participation all the way down to front-line workers, but achieving universal participation can be a challenge.
As noted by WorkSafeMT, research shows that employees are more likely to support and use programs in which they have had input and the safety committee is the perfect vehicle for that input.
Effective Safety Committees typically include employees and management from every department, shift and/or location within an organization. The members of the Safety Committee work together to brainstorm, establish goals and rules and even conduct incident/accident investigations. In this fashion, an entire organization can work together to create a safe workplace environment.
If your organization is considering forming a Safety Committee, or if your current Safety Committee could use a little freshening up, consider reaching out to a safety consultant or to your insurance professional.
Additional resources for Safety Committees
- Referenced earlier, Safety Committee FAQ, published by WorkSafeMT, is a great place to start. This FAQ provides information on the advantages of having a safety committee and also outlines possible functions and roles for safety committees.
- SHRM’s article Making Safety Committees Work provides tips on starting a Safety Committee, maintaining a Safety Committee’s effectiveness and how to avoid mistakes.
- Does your state require a safety committee? BLR’s article, Safety Committees: What you need to know provides information on Safety Committees and also information on state-specific requirements for Safety Committees.