Organize a safety committee
Having a safety committee is a great way to prevent injuries and protect your business from avoidable costs. In some states it’s even required by law.
A safety committee can:
- Make your employees more aware of safety
- Allow them to recognize and bring up safety concerns
- Show upper management’s concern for employees’ well-being
- Make management aware of safety issues
- Formalize your commitment to workplace safety
- Reduce the risk of OSHA citations or other state penalties
Am I required to have a safety committee?
Safety committees are always a good idea, but not all states require them.
Your state and
# of employees
Required to have committee?
Not regulated by state OSHA
Not required, but it’s still a good idea
Regulated by state OSHA and more than 25 employees
Establish and administer a joint labor-management safety committee
Regulated by state OSHA and less than 25 employees
Depends on your safety record and industry
*If you’re not sure if you need a safety committee, check with your regional OSHA office.
- Meet regularly and follow an agenda
- Promote safety
- Get input from coworkers
- Review workplace injuries, illnesses and near misses
- Do quarterly safety walk-throughs and note any concerns
- Work to correct any identified hazards
Having a safety committee is a good practice even if your state doesn’t require you to have one.
Other things to keep in mind
- Keep the group small: Three to seven members is ideal
- Include a mix of employees and management from different areas of your organization
- Members should be elected by their coworkers, union or labor organization
- Upper management should oversee the group but not take over meetings or decisions
- Create a written mission statement so members know what’s expected of them
- Create separate committees if you have multiple locations with 50 or more employees
- Train new members so they know what is expected of them
- Make sure you have a budget for training, inspections, programs, incentives and other activities
For specific questions or assistance organizing a safety committee, call your loss prevention representative at (800) 937-1181.