•Safety committees can be an effective tool for change if properly managed and led.
•By incorporating several key elements into planning and organizing these teams, OSH professionals can help them produce better results.
•Leading safety teams goes beyond good planning and organizing. It encompasses providing direction and ensuring that all members are on-board and support the safety program’s overall mission as well as the company’s strategic plan.
Safety committees are one resource that OSH professionals can use to gain valuable assistance and expand program buy-in. Companies develop safety committees in many forms and variations. Some are contractually required, and some OSHA state plans require them including Alabama, Connecticut, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (Montana Department of Labor and Industry, 1993; OSHA, 2012). Such mandates do not necessarily lead to success, however.
So what makes a safety committee successful? A study by Smitha, Kirk, Oestenstad, et al. (2001), shows that safety committees have high significance (p = .0014) in reducing injuries in cases where required by regulation. If a company is going to support and put its resources into a safety committee, OSH professionals have the responsibility to provide value in that commitment to improving safety. Two components for success are reviewed here: 1) elements of a successful safety committee; and 2) providing leadership to the group.
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