SAFETY COMMITTEEOVERVIEW • Serve as a key role in the administration of your program. • Prevent accidents • Increase compliance • Improve teamwork, productivity, communication and morale.
OSHA and WNAHave concluded that: Effective management of worker safety and health protection is a decisive factor in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses.
GENERAL PURPOSEof Safety Committees The purpose is to ensure safety in the workplace by : Providing a CENTRAL SAFETY FOCUS Becoming a SOUNDING BOARD Having a CENTRAL COORDINATION of safety activities/awareness
IMPORTANTREMINDER ! State OSHA Programs may have additional safety committee requirements. Please check with your state OSHA for any requirements above those required from FEI.
Safety CommitteeBASIC OBJECTIVES: The basic objectives of the safety committees are to: • Identify hazard potential • Reduce incidence of injuries and illness in the workplace, • Improve safety in the work environment, • Increase communication related to safety throughout the company • Establish Action Plans
GENERAL FUNCTIONS: Some of the general functions that safety committees will perform are (but not limited to): • Identifying/investigating potential workplace hazards; • Finding ways to eliminate or reduce identified hazards; • Enforcing the FEI Mandatory Safety Policy; • Measuring the safety performances of their locations; • Assisting the managers / trainers in carrying out the Safety and Health Training Programs; • Developing, administering and monitoring safety training programs
GENERAL FUNCTIONS continued: • Creating/maintaining active participation and awareness in safety; • Reducing accident frequency and severity rates; • Ensuring each location is in compliance with OSHA and WNA standards; • Facilitating communication and cooperation between management and associates on safety and health; • Ensuring action plans are implemented.
FORMATION AND MEMBERSHIP:Safety committees shall be: • Established at each of the primary locations with representatives from each satellite location. • Composed of an equal number of management and non-management representatives from all related locations. • Co-chaired by a management member and a non-management member. The Branch Safety Coordinator (or the equivalent) shall be one of the co-chair persons.
FORMATION AND MEMBERSHIP continued:Safety committees shall • Be compensated with their regular wage while participating in committee meetings, instructions, and training. • Serve a continuous term of at least 1-year. Length of membership shall be alternated or staggered so that at least one experienced member is serving on the committee. PLEASE NOTE: If there is a vacancy for any cause, the committee shall make an appointment to become immediately effective.
SPECIFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS: • Management commitment to workplace health and safety • Written Records Maintained • Hazard Assessment and Control • Safety and Health Planning • Accountability • Investigations
ACTIONSMAKE THE PROGRAM Successful!!
Contacts For further information or questions contact: Risk Management 12500 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, Virginia 23602 (757) 989 – 2473 FAX: (757) 989 - 2670