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Safety Committees EVERY SAFETY COMMITTEE SHALL 1.Be composed of employee and employer representatives and hold regularly scheduled meetings, at least.

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3 EVERY SAFETY COMMITTEE SHALL 1.Be composed of employee and employer representatives and hold regularly scheduled meetings, at least once every four months. o Be of sufficient size and number to provide for effective representation of the workforce. o Have more than one safety committee for employers with multiple sites. 2.Include in its employee membership volunteers or members elected by their peers.

4 EVERY SAFETY COMMITTEE SHALL 1.Include safety committee activities that assist the employer in fact finding. Assessing & controlling hazards Assessing safety training & awareness topics Communication with employees regarding safety committee activities Developing safety rules, policies and procedures Educating employees on safety related topics Evaluating the safety program on a regular basis Inspecting the workplace Keeping job specific training current Motivating employees to create a safety culture in the workplace Reviewing incidents of workplace accidents, injuries & illnesses

5 Accident and Hazard Reporting Near Miss Reporting Confined Spaces Fire Safety Emergency Procedures Ergonomics First Aid Walking/Working Surfaces Lockout/Tagout PPE Fall Protection JHA Safety Meetings

6 Safety Committee Anyone can start a safety committee, but, to be effective, the committee must accomplish the following: o Begin with management commitment. o Be accountable for achieving its goals. o Involve employees in achieving its goals. o Identify workplace hazards. o Review reports of accidents and near misses. o Keep accurate records of committee activities. o Evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.

7 Safety Committee There is a difference between a safety committee and a safety meeting A safety committee is an organizational structure where members represent a group o This gives everyone a voice but keeps the meeting size to an effective number of participants

8 Safety Committee A safety meeting includes all employees and a management person is there to ensure that issues are addressed o Typically, the safety committee is an effective safety management tool for a larger employer o safety meetings are more effective for a smaller employer

9 Safety Committee Update your company’s S&H policy Understand a safety committee’s seven essential activities Determine how many representatives will serve on the committee Determine who will serve on the committee Set practical goals for the committee Train representatives Hold regular meetings GETTING STARTED

10 Seven Essential Activities Anyone can start a safety committee, but, to be effective, the committee must accomplish the following: o Begin with management commitment o Be accountable for achieving goals o Involve employees in achieving goals o Identify workplace hazards o Review reports of accidents & near misses o Keep accurate records of committee activities o Evaluate strengths & weaknesses

11 Safety Committee 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; o Schedule a half-day safety committee meeting to identify the committee’s achievements of the past 12 months. o Review essential activities. o Set goals for the next 12 months. EVALUATION

12 SAFETY CULTURE Utilize employees’ interest and knowledge for effective growth of a safety culture. o 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 QUESTIONS Michael Preller STATE OF MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY SAFETY BUREAU (406) Office (406) Cell


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