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Health and Safety Management. Safety Representatives Safety Officers And Safety Committees. All work areas should be represented Members should be interested,concerned and willing to learn more about h&s Willing to meet once a month and to communicate with workers.

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Health and Safety Management

Safety Representatives

Safety Officers

And Safety Committees


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All work areas should be represented

Members should be interested,concerned and willing to learn more about h&s

Willing to meet once a month and to communicate with workers

Meetings discuss workers’ concerns

Possible solutions

Approaches to management negotiations

Ongoing concerns and progress reports to union

Members and Meetings


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Joint labour-management h&s committees

  • Most countries have legislation on committees for bigger firms [50 +] with legal composition, authority and functions. Worker Safety Reps have strong legal rights

  • Many unions also have collective agreements which establish h&s committees with trade union Safety Reps, Safety Policies Company Safety Officers and Prevention Programmes


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Composition

  • Laws vary, size depends on number of workers, shifts, activities and locations

  • Committees must be balanced

  • There should never be less than two elected worker reps, and management reps must have authority to represent the company

  • Chair should rotate

  • Meet once a month and after accidents


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Authority

  • Executive decision making and budget

  • Advisory / can make recommendations, but no guarantee the company will comply

  • Company should consider and give reasons if they do not accept proposals

  • Procedure to resolve differences

  • Collective bargaining demands


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Functions of Committee

  • Conduct regular inspections and surveys on safety and health

  • Respond to workers concerns on OHS

  • Make reports and recommendations to improve compliance with law and standards

  • Propose policies, work plans, projects and activities to reduce accidents and illness

  • Propose and organise training programmes for the workforce


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Functions of Committee

  • Promote and support activities on OHS

  • Follow up progress of proposals

  • Report on results achieved, point out obstacles and problems

  • Investigate, record and report on all accidents, ill health and near misses

  • Propose regulations on health and safety

  • Organise occupational health services


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Union reps’ role on the Committee

  • Represent the interests and concerns of workers and promote the union policies

  • Conduct inspections, interviews, surveys and meetings with workers, inform,communicate.

  • Identify hazards, make proposals and negotiate improvements

  • Push for high standards, ensure compliance

  • Make formal complaints

  • Assist with representation and compensation


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Employer’s role- Planning and Coordination

  • Understand the legislative requirements and have a written health and safety policy.

  • Identify hazards, make a site specific health and safety plan and method statements before work starts

  • Designate OSH responsibilities - safety officer to implement safety management on site

  • Conduct inspections, and meetings with all subcontractors and with workers to inform, communicate and coordinate and to provide training

  • Have the necessary information on site regarding hazards and conduct regular tool box meetings

  • Use the safety committee as the motor for prevention


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What makes a committee work?

  • Have a plan and objectives and actively pursue them with the broadest support possible

  • Communicate and educate to get that support

  • Need facilities, time off, info and training

  • Agendas in advance, proper minutes, decisions

  • If union reps make coherent proposals in writing: describe the problem, include the facts; suggest improvements; decide who will do what; timetable and budget.