DOE Safety Committee. Handbook. Effective Safety Committee!. Make it work for you!. Rate Your Safety Committee. 1. Members are motivated, committee gets things done, is the cornerstone of our safety program, focuses on problem solving and safety promotion, is loved by all.
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Effective Safety Committee!
Make it work for you!
1. Members are motivated, committee gets things done, is the cornerstone of our safety program, focuses on problem solving and safety promotion, is loved by all.
2. It meets, does some things OK, has trouble staying on track, its basic function is to review accidents and conduct safety surveys.
3. Has not accomplished anything of value in the past year, members are bored, committee is on the verge of breaking up.
4. Doesn’t meet any more, is in need of life support or a mercy killing.
….. an integral element of a comprehensive safety and health program. It serves to demonstrate top management’s direction and commitment to safety as a priority of the organization.
Goals of a Safety Committee:
* Increase safety awareness
* Build enthusiasm for safety programs
* Reduce and prevent injuries
Emergency planning (bomb threat, fire, workplace violence)
Training (OSHA, lifting, general safety)
Program development and implementation
Job hazard analysis
Accident investigation reviews
Employee safety promotion
Reduces accidents and lost work time
Promotes staff involvement at all levels
Accomplishes more safety projects
Creates a safer work environment.
Increases safety awareness.
Enhances employee morale.
Relieves managers and supervisors of their responsibility for safety.
Takes the place of other safety programs.
Involves only staff.
Why are we here?
This is a waste of my time!!
All employees should have the opportunity to participate
Representation by all departments, locations, operations, divisions, - include office staff
Membership should be 5 to 15 (5 to 7 is optimal)
Designee plus alternate
Membership should be voluntary
Assign specific responsibilities to chairperson, secretary, and members.
Organize agenda items, speakers, and other related materials for meetings.
Forward recommendations to appropriate management personnel.
Prepare periodic analysis reports/accident reports, safety improvements
Follow-up to past recommendations and report status
Conduct meetings in orderly fashion
Prepare meeting agenda and notify members of date and location
Gather agenda items and related materials
Roll call of members
Attend all meetings and actively participate
Set a positive example for safe performance
Conduct safety surveys according to schedule
Participate in accident investigation and review
Report unsafe acts or conditions
Determine frequency of meeting
Pre-schedule meeting dates
Limit to one hour
Record and distribute minutes
Call to order by chair
Roll call by secretary
Review minutes of previous meeting
• Old business
• New business
• Review accident data
• Review safety survey reports
• Review emergency Plans
Schedule next meeting
Provide a forum to address and discuss health and safety issues.
Provide a channel through which improvements can be recommended for adoption by the administration.
Generate ideas for improving health and safety.
Stimulate interest of employees.
Review and update safety training and emergency plans.
Step beyond accident investigation.
What did we learn? What do we need to do differently?
Evaluate effectiveness of supervisor investigation/prevention efforts.
Bring in an outside speaker.
Hold a safety breakfast.
Present safety awards.
Designate a quarterly safety topic:
– Back injury prevention.
– Fire prevention and safety.
– Vehicle safety.
– Personal protective equipment.
Networking with other schools