3 EVERY SAFETY COMMITTEE SHALL Be composed of employee and employer representatives and hold regularly scheduled meetings, at least once every four months.Be of sufficient size and number to provide for effective representation of the workforce.Have more than one safety committee for employers with multiple sites.Include in its employee membership volunteers or members elected by their peers.
4 EVERY SAFETY COMMITTEE SHALL Include safety committee activities that assist the employer in fact finding.Assessing & controlling hazardsAssessing safety training & awareness topicsCommunication with employees regarding safety committee activitiesDeveloping safety rules, policies and proceduresEducating employees on safety related topicsEvaluating the safety program on a regular basisInspecting the workplaceKeeping job specific training currentMotivating employees to create a safety culture in the workplaceReviewing incidents of workplace accidents, injuries & illnesses
5 Safety Meetings Accident and Hazard Reporting Near Miss Reporting Confined SpacesFire SafetyEmergency ProceduresErgonomicsFirst AidWalking/Working SurfacesLockout/TagoutPPEFall ProtectionJHA
6 Safety CommitteeAnyone can start a safety committee, but, to be effective, the committee must accomplish the following:Begin with management commitment.Be accountable for achieving its goals.Involve employees in achieving its goals.Identify workplace hazards.Review reports of accidents and near misses.Keep accurate records of committee activities.Evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
7 Safety CommitteeThere is a difference between a safety committee and a safety meetingA safety committee is an organizational structure where members represent a groupThis gives everyone a voice but keeps the meeting size to an effective number of participants
8 Safety CommitteeA safety meeting includes all employees and a management person is there to ensure that issues are addressedTypically, the safety committee is an effective safety management tool for a larger employersafety meetings are more effective for a smaller employer
9 Safety Committee GETTING STARTED Update your company’s S&H policy Understand a safety committee’s seven essential activitiesDetermine how many representatives will serve on the committeeDetermine who will serve on the committeeSet practical goals for the committeeTrain representativesHold regular meetings
10 Seven Essential Activities Anyone can start a safety committee, but, to be effective, the committee must accomplish the following:Begin with management commitmentBe accountable for achieving goalsInvolve employees in achieving goalsIdentify workplace hazardsReview reports of accidents & near missesKeep accurate records of committee activitiesEvaluate strengths & weaknesses
11 Safety Committee EVALUATION Evaluation answers the question “Are we effective?”Effective safety committees periodically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and the evaluation helps them set new goals.At least once a year;Schedule a half-day safety committee meeting to identify the committee’s achievements of the past 12 months.Review essential activities.Set goals for the next 12 months.
12 SAFETY CULTUREUtilize employees’ interest and knowledge for effective growth of a safety culture.An environment where everyone…Takes responsibility for personal safety and safety of others!Follows all safety rules!Makes suggestions to improve safety!Promptly reports accidents, losses and unsafe conditions!
13 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY QUESTIONSMichael PrellerSTATE OF MONTANADEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRYSAFETY BUREAU(406) Office(406) Cell