Having a safety committee for your operation isn't required, but it's a good idea.°Plus, you may be able to negotiate better worker compensation rates and insurance premiums if you have one.
Some key benefits are: increased worker awareness, ownership of the program, commitment to safety and reduced accident and injury rates, according to the National Pork Board.
Some of the safety committee's duties include:
- Identify workplace hazards or unsafe practices; recommend corrective action.
- Address safety suggestions and concerns from the workforce and management.
- Investigate and review accidents, property damage, near misses and incidence reports.
- Generate employee awareness and interest in safety as well as their commitment to the task.
- Do periodic inspections of work sites, equipment, facilities, working conditions and job procedures.
Once organized, it's best if the safety committee meets monthly. It's important for the members to:
- Make thorough and accur-ate decisions and recommen-dations to management.
- Stay focused on safety and health issues; avoid conduc-ting "gripe" sessions.
- Practice effective meeting management, and keep meetings short. For the meetings, the committee should:
- Have an agenda, and stick to it.
- Start and end on time.
- Make sure all members participate.
- Periodically evaluate committee effectiveness.
- Hear reports, make decisions and give assignments.
- Maintain order, and treat everyone respectfully.