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?

Explanation

Not regulated by state OSHA

No
Not required, but it's still a good idea

Regulated by state OSHA and more than 25 employees

Yes
Establish and administer a joint labor-management safety committee

Regulated by state OSHA and less than 25 employees

*Maybe

Depends on your safety record and industry

*If you’re not sure if you need a safety committee, check with your regional OSHA office.

Committee responsibilities

  • 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

Learn more safety committee best practices


For specific questions or assistance organizing a safety committee, call your loss prevention representative at (800) 937-1181.