A health and safety committee can be an important way to improve conditions on the job. The committee provides a forum for employees and management to work together to solve health and safety problems.
An effective committee can help prevent injury and illness on the job; increase awareness of health and safety issues among workers, supervisors, and managers; and develop strategies to make the work environment safe and healthy. The following is a list of some possible roles of a health and safety committee.
Establish procedures for employees to report hazards or suggest safety improvements.
Conduct regular walkaround inspections to identify potential health and safety hazards.
Recommend and track new safety and health rules and work practices. Propose and evaluate various ways to improve safety conditions.
Review accident/incident reports and Investigate accidents, including their root causes.
Improve procedures for employees to report safety hazards or suggest improvement.