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Safety Committee Resource Handbook

Cover of "Safety Committee Resource Handbook" showing woman holding clipboard with committee members meeting in the backgroundSafety Committees: A Top Tool for Workplace Safety

Date: October 2021

An active and engaged safety committee is one of the best tools employers have to reduce employee injuries. Made of up of representation from across an organization’s departments and leadership, a safety committee can:

  • Recommend solutions and take actions to address workplace hazards.
  • Open lines of communication.
  • Grow a positive safety culture within the organization.

Since 1992, Minnesota employers with more than 25 workers are required by law to have a joint labor and management safety committee.

The committee must meet regularly and review safety concerns within the organization. Those employers with 25 or fewer employees may find that a safety committee is worthwhile to reduce hazards and create a safe work environment.

Handbook Addresses Areas Safety Committees Need to Be Successful

This handbook:

  • Outlines Minnesota regulations for safety committees.
  • Provides recommendations for effective committee structure.
  • Details activities committees can perform to enhance safety within their organizations.

4 Major Issues Covered

The four sections of this handbook help employers start a committee or improve the performance of an existing safety committee.

  1. Safety Committee Compliance: Details Minnesota statutes and rules regarding safety committees.
  2. Safety Committee Framework: Outlines the fundamentals of developing and maintaining an effective safety committee.
  3. Safety Committee Activities: Reviews tasks an effective safety committee undertakes to minimize losses.
  4. Safety Committee Evaluation: Identifies hurdles a safety committee may face and offers solutions to overcome them. A self-evaluation helps determine the performance of the committee.