Active and Effective Safety Committees Contribute to Fewer Workplace Accidents and Injuries
A safety committee helps reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries and losses by:
- Encouraging positive employee safety habits
- Conducting workplace inspections
- Developing safe work practices
A safety committee also helps ensure compliance with health and safety standards by:
- Assisting with the management of the safety program
- Conducting safety audits and job hazard analyses
- Monitoring employee training
- Fostering safety communication among staff and supervisors
Safety Committees Are the Law
Minnesota law requires employers with 25 or more workers to have a joint labor-management safety committee. Employers with fewer than 25 employees must establish a joint labor-management safety committee if they have a high lost-workday incident rate (in the top 25 percent of premium rates for all classes).
Minnesota law also allows Minnesota OSHA to cite as serious employers that are required to have a joint labor-management safety committee but do not.
Develop a Successful Safety Committee
The Safety Committee Resource Handbook is a no-cost publication that offers safety committees tools, tips and strategies they need to be in compliance with Minnesota regulations, as well as effective in advancing workplace health and safety. The 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 the Safety Committee Resource Handbook help employers start a committee or improve the performance of an existing committee.
- Safety Committee Compliance: Details Minnesota statutes and rules regarding safety committees.
- Safety Committee Framework: Outlines the fundamentals of developing and maintaining an effective safety committee.
- Safety Committee Activities: Reviews tasks an effective safety committee undertakes to minimize losses.
- 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.
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Webinar, Articles, Consultants
MCIT provides these specific resources to assist safety committees in their important work:
- The webinar Active and Effective Safety Committees …
- Materials for safety committees in the Resource Library under the Safety Category.
- MCIT loss control consultants are available to participate in safety committee meetings, and conduct property surveys, safety audits and committee training. Members are encouraged to contact their loss control consultant for assistance.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry offers information about safety committees on its MNOSHA WSC: Labor-Management Safety Committee Program Web page.
Resources Support Safety Initiatives
Safety Committees are encouraged to browse MCIT resources and materials available to support the organization’s safety efforts:
- Safety E-mails: Use ready-to-send e-mail messages to help create safety awareness and a positive safety culture among employees.
- Step Wisely: Slip, trip and fall prevention program includes hazard awareness materials (posters, mini fliers, table tents, e-mails), scripts for mini training sessions, supervisor/facility manager handbook and more.
- Work Wisely: Positive safety culture initiative includes materials to increase awareness around general workplace safety and grow and support a positive safety culture.
- Resource Library contains many informational articles regarding a number of safety issues and solutions. Use the Safety filter or search by keyword to find what you need.
- Video Library includes a number of training videos related to employee safety.