Employee Safety Committee Information

Getting the crew onboard. Creating support for your safety efforts is crucial to establishing a culture of safety in your workplace. A great way to accomplish this is with a proper Safety Committee. (In fact, the Montana Safety Culture Act requires a Safety Committee for all employers with more than five employees.) Depending on the size of your business, this group can move the safety process forward with:

  • Clearly established goals.
  • Delegation of responsibilities.
  • Effective communication between you and your employees.
  • Consistent effort and accountability.

Some guidelines. Your committee should be prepared to cover these responsibilities:

  • Get endorsement and authority from top management.
  • Include both management and employees.
  • Insist that every department be represented in the committee.
  • Meet often enough to address and achieve specific goals and programs.
  • Document meetings, topics, and participants.
  • Establish mandatory attendance by committee members.
  • Conduct periodic safety audits.
  • Review circumstances and causes of accidents, and recommend corrective measures.
  • Review employees’ reports of unsafe working procedures or safety hazards, and recommend corrective measures.
  • Develop and conduct employee safety awareness programs and training. Be composed of employee and employer representatives and hold regularly scheduled meetings, at least once every four months.

RECOMMENDATIONS: The safety committee should:

  • 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.
  • Include safety committee activities that assist the employer in fact finding.

The committee should document its activities and act as a fact finding body and report to the employer regarding:

  • Assessing and controlling hazards.
  • Assessing safety training and 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 and illnesses.