Safety Resources: Safety Committees

Make Them "Work" for Your Organization

Contacts

Safety & Risk Consultant
+1 763 746 8295
+1 651 425 8373
October 19, 2018Minnesota

Protect your employees from injury and organization from avoidable costs by organizing or re-energizing your safety committee.

A safety committee can:

  • Help save time and money by improving everyday work activities
  • Decrease OSHA citations or other state penalties
  • Increase awareness of production or operational safety issues
  • Increase workers’ safety knowledge
  • Allow employees to identify and address safety issues directly affecting them
  • Make workplace safety a part of your organization’s culture

Who is Required to Have a Safety Committee?

In states not regulated by a state OSHA, employers are not required to have a safety committee. However, it is a good idea.

In states regulated by state OSHA such as Minnesota, the law requires employers with more than 25 employees to administer a safety committee.

Employers regulated by state OSHA with 25 employees or fewer, you may still be required to have a committee depending on your company’s industry and safety record. 

Your safety committee should be made up of a mix of employees and management with representatives from both production and administration. 

If your company has multiple locations that all do essentially the same thing, one committee is adequate. If you have multiple locations of 50 or more employees, you should have a safety committee at each location. 

The Functions of Your Safety Committee

Your safety committee should:

  • Conduct walkthrough surveys/inspections of the workplace to identify safety and health concerns on a regular basis.
  • Conduct regularly-scheduled meetings to discuss accident prevention methods, safety and health awareness efforts, hazards noted on inspections and other subjects as needed.
  • Review accidents that resulted in injury and “near misses” that didn’t.
  • Develop recommendations and corrective actions based on findings from walkthroughs and inspections.
  • Promote safety and first aid training for all employees.

Some benefits of a safety committee include:

  • Promoting a positive safety culture among the entire company.
  • Providing an environment for problem solving.
  • Providing firsthand knowledge of workplace processes via walkthroughs and inspections.
  • Having employees working together for a safer workplace.
  • Involving more people in the company’s safety and health management.
  • Giving employees broader base of safety knowledge.

Use MMA’s Effective Safety Committee Checklist to get started or to re-energize your existing safety committee. For assistance with your committee, contact your local MMA Loss Control representative.