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The mission of a Health and Safety Committee is to promote a healthy and safe environment for employees and visitors alike.
A Safety Committee can vary based upon the organization’s culture, operations and needs. Ideally, the committee should be formed of both management and employees representing the organization.
The success of a safety committee will not be overnight, nor will it not experience some pitfalls and setbacks. To succeed, the organization needs to be committed to building a successful team, communicating often and be open to adjusting as the group forms and settles into their assigned duties. Creating a safety committee will not be a ‘cure all’ for identifying and solving safety problems; however, they can be a great tool for developing and improving a safety program.
Safety Committees must have a specific purpose and well-defined goals. Committee members can be the ‘eyes and ears’ for reporting safety concerns and play a key role in identifying corrective actions.