Establishing a safety committee within your production system isn’t required, but it’s a smart idea. It also could help you negotiate better worker-compensation rates and insurance premiums.

 Key benefits of setting up an in-house safety committee include increased worker awareness about the importance of a safe workplace, as well as building ownership of the program among employees. It also can reduce accident and injury rates, according to HR Partners.

Some key duties of a safety committee include:

  • Identify workplace hazards or unsafe practices and recommend corrective action.
  • Address safety suggestions and concerns raised by employees and management.
  • Investigate and review accidents, near misses and incident reports, investigate any property damage.
  • Generate employee awareness, interest in and commitment to safety.
  • Review the farm’s safety training and retraining programs.
  • Do periodic inspections to assess the safety of equipment, facilities, working conditions, job procedures and the overall site.