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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

Effective Safety Committee!

Make it work for you!

Rate your safety committee
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.

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.

The challenge
The Challenge

  • With today’s trend of streamlining and multi-tasking, administrators and management level employees are required to wear several hats.

  • This makes the Safety Committee extremely important!

A safety committee is
A Safety Committee is ….

….. 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.

Purpose of a safety committee promote safety in the workplace
Purpose of a Safety Committee:* Promote safety in the workplace.

Goals of a Safety Committee:

* Increase safety awareness

* Build enthusiasm for safety programs

* Reduce and prevent injuries

A safety committee can assist with
A SafetyCommittee Can Assist with:

􀁺 Regulatory compliance

􀁺 Emergency planning (bomb threat, fire, workplace violence)

􀁺 Training (OSHA, lifting, general safety)

􀁺 Program development and implementation

􀁺 Ergonomics

􀁺 Safety surveys

􀁺 Job hazard analysis

􀁺 Accident investigation reviews

􀁺 Employee safety promotion

High performing safety committee
High-PerformingSafety Committee

  • Positively impacts a safety program.

  • Touches all levels of the organization.

  • Liaison between administration and staff.

Benefits of a safety committee to the doe
Benefits of a Safety Committee(to the DOE)

􀁺 Reduces accidents and lost work time

􀁺 Promotes staff involvement at all levels

􀁺 Accomplishes more safety projects

􀁺 Increases productivity

Benefits of a safety committee to the employees
Benefits of a Safety Committee (to the employees)

􀁺 Creates a safer work environment.

􀁺 Improves communication.

􀁺 Increases safety awareness.

􀁺 Enhances employee morale.


Safety Committee…

􀁺 Relieves managers and supervisors of their responsibility for safety.

􀁺 Takes the place of other safety programs.

􀁺 Involves only staff.

Why safety committees fail
Why Safety Committees Fail

􀁺 No direction.

􀁺 No successes.

􀁺 Frustration.

􀁺 Boredom.

􀁺 Why are we here?

􀁺 This is a waste of my time!!

􀁺 No support.

Possible barriers to success
Possible Barriers to Success

Lack of…

  • Management commitment.

  • Committee expertise or training.

  • Teamwork.

  • Leadership.

  • Direction and goals.

  • Follow-up.

  • Focus on specific issues.

  • Preparation for meetings.

Membership cornerstone of an effective committee
Membership –Cornerstone of an Effective Committee

􀁺 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

􀁺 Rotate members

􀁺 Assign specific responsibilities to chairperson, secretary, and members.

Responsibilities chairperson
Responsibilities - Chairperson

􀁺 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

Responsibilities secretary
Responsibilities - Secretary

􀁺 Prepare meeting agenda and notify members of date and location

􀁺 Gather agenda items and related materials

􀁺 Roll call of members

􀁺 Record minutes

Responsibilities members
Responsibilities - 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

Committee structure
Committee Structure

􀁺 Determine frequency of meeting

􀁺 Pre-schedule meeting dates

􀁺 Limit to one hour

􀁺 Prepare agenda

􀁺 Record and distribute minutes

Meeting agendas
Meeting Agendas

􀁺 Call to order by chair

􀁺 Roll call by secretary

􀁺 Introduce visitors

􀁺 Review minutes of previous meeting

􀁺 Conduct business

• Old business

• New business

• Review accident data

• Review safety survey reports

• Review emergency Plans

􀁺 Schedule next meeting

􀁺 Adjourn

Functions of the committee
Functions of the Committee

􀁺 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.

Keys to success
Keys to success –

  • Post Committee members’ names, give them stature and credibility.

  • Give the Safety Committee visibility and recognition.

  • Encourage reasonable, attainable goals. (Zero accidents is not a reasonable goal)

Accident review process
Accident Review Process

􀁺 Step beyond accident investigation.

􀁺 Brainstorming.

􀁺 What did we learn? What do we need to do differently?

􀁺 Evaluate effectiveness of supervisor investigation/prevention efforts.

Spice up a meeting
Spice Up a Meeting

􀁺 Bring in an outside speaker.

􀁺 Hold a safety breakfast.

􀁺 Present safety awards.

􀁺 Designate a quarterly safety topic:

– Back injury prevention.

– Fire prevention and safety.

– Slips/trips/falls.

– Vehicle safety.

– Personal protective equipment.

Invite outside resources
Invite Outside Resources

Fire Department.

Police Department.

Civil Defense

Networking with other schools

Last safety committee rule
Last Safety Committee Rule

  • Make it FUN!!!!!