Essential Best Practices of a Safety Committee

Manufacturing leaders understand the benefits of having an organized and effective safety committee – reduced insurance premiums, healthy employees, and quality on-time production. Safety is an essential component of any competitive manufacturing company, but what makes a safety committee effective? The success of our safety committee depends on team involvement, support from management, high visibility and training. As a result, employees experience increased awareness of safety issues, quick response to safety related issues, and cooperation between employees and management in solving safety issues.

The main goal of every safety committee in a manufacturing company is to facilitate and maintain a safe work environment. A well designed safety committee should foster a sense of ownership by giving employees an opportunity to directly improve safety and reduce injuries within a company, while enhancing communication between management and employees. To accomplish this, a commitment to safety must become a shared responsibility for the entire team. Our Safety Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing safety policies, procedures, and communicating safety issues and tips to the rest of the team.

Below find best practices on what makes our committee successful:

Equal representation. Our committee is comprised of employees from every department: Control Panel, Machining, Production and our Front Office. This ensures that safety issues and opportunities for improvement are addressed throughout the company. Additionally, we rotate committee members every 12 months, ensuring that a fresh set of eyes and new energy is incorporated often.

Effective meetings. Our Safety Committee meetings are held monthly with an established agenda. A typical agenda includes: unfinished or new action items, special projects or presentations to the rest of the team, and reviewing accident/injury reports. This keeps things simple – one of our Core Values – and sets expectations for committee members. In addition, it helps limit the time our employees spend away from their job duties.

Transparency. Minutes from our Safety Committee meetings are captured to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. After the meeting, these minutes are distributed to all members and posted for company employees to read. By publicizing the safety committee’s efforts, we increase our safety awareness and keep our team updated on the committee’s progress.

Thoroughness. Monthly Safety Meetings aren’t the only responsibility of our Committee. Members conduct monthly walkthroughs, safety inspections that examine our production areas, offices, warehouse areas, and the outside of our facility. Furthermore, committee members review our current safety polices, and develop new ones based on observations or employee input. Lastly, they distribute safety information at employee meetings, and conduct training sessions.

Every manufacturer can benefit from having an organized and functional safety committee staffed with engaged, contributing employees. Fusion has worked to develop methods to ensure that we live out our sixth Core Value – Go Home Safely. Our Safety Committee creates a safer work environment and also involves team members in the monitoring, education, investigation and evaluation of our manufacturing company’s safety program. This commitment to safety impacts our bottom line by reducing the number of accidents and injuries, making Fusion a stronger, more competitive contract manufacturer.