7 tips for an effective workplace safety committee
What are you going to accomplish? Is there a measurement that you’re going to have? What can you do to push safety forward just a little bit?
Committees should include current or previous safety champions as well.
There are numerous safety education resources are available. NSC and other worker safety organizations offer extensive training in a variety of areas, while the OSHA Outreach Training Program includes 10-hour and 30-hour classes.
Have one person serve as the committee’s “conscience.” This person’s duties would include keeping the group focused and ensuring the committee is acting properly, following pre-determined ground rules and treating all members with respect.
Consider the size of your organization and the committee when deciding the best rotation schematic. The importance of a number of perspectives and the tendency of groupthink to build on an individual’s idea.
For most larger companies, have a rotation of three years on, two years off.
Make fun an agenda item. Talk about what you can do to make safety meetings more fun and make them better.
Opening meetings with personal reflections or exercises before the traditional reading of minutes; using occasional guest speakers; and scheduling some meetings at a nearby restaurant, museum or park.
Professional decorum still applies, of course.
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