Effective Safety Committees Mark Shaffer, Sr. Safety Consultant Safety & Personnel Resources
Objectives: Upon successful completion of this training seminar, each participant will be able to: • Explain the benefits of a corporate safety committee. • Describe the major elements of an effective risk management committee. • Identify the roles of the committee members and top management team.
Why have a safety committee? • How many of you have an active safety committee? • Tell me some of what your safety committee performs – what are you really proud of?
Purpose • The safety committee should be the “eyes and ears” of your corporate risk management program.
Who should be on the safety committee? • Depending on the size of your agency, 5-9 staff members should be involved with your risk management/safety committee. • Human Resources • Maintenance member • Top Management • Employees from difference departments • Workers that need additional safety reinforcement • Members interested in your safety culture
Role of the Corporate Safety Committee • The safety committee is not the maintenance committee. • Emphasize the positive action • What is going right • Cheerleaders for safety! • Risk assessments for your locations. • Ability and knowledge to make safety suggestion for improvements.
Role of the Corporate Safety Committee • Participate and conduct safety training sessions • Assist with the documentation of the safety/risk management program • Listen for safety suggestions from other co-workers • Accident review committee involvement
Role of the Corporate Safety Committee • Examine accident trends and improvements • Communication regarding safety policies and guidelines • Inform and advise safety committee members of any unsafe conditions
Key Elements • Top Management Commitment • Does your team participate in safety meetings, training sessions, orientation, etc. • Top Management Support • Must have to fulfill safety committee established objectives • Does your agency have a general risk management/safety policy statement? • Appoint a Safety Coordinator for the agency • Accountability • Do you have a written program? • Are employees held accountable if they break a safety practice or policy?
Key Elements • Formal annual safety training calendar • Establish and implement annual training • Document completed training and keep on file • Zero Accident Culture • Discuss during orientation • Risk Assessments • Completed by safety committee, supervisors, maintenance, etc. • Documented audits of any unsafe conditions • Correct unsafe condition as soon as possible
Key Elements • Accident Investigation • Completed by supervisor, Human Resources, Safety Coordinator, Safety Committee, etc. • Documented investigation • Retraining • Complete before employee is allowed to return to work and/or to resume safety sensitive function
Key Elements • Accident Review • Establish formal committee and implement • Any employee involved in an OSHA restricted or lost time accident • Meet with review committee to help determine root cause of the claim • Return to Work Program • Does your agency have a modified duty program? • Keep documentation on jobs that can be performed on modified duty
Key Elements • Medical Clinic • Conduct visit to selected medical provider to advise them of your Return to Work Program • Joint visits to the clinic • HR or Safety Coordinator participate in joint visits with the injured employee • Revise safety programs • Review training practices and programs annually • Revise annually and/or as needed
Key Elements • Claim reviews • Quarterly claim reviews with Worker’s Compensation insurance company • Human Resources • Is safety in the employee’s job description? • Is safety evaluated as part of the employee’s performance review? • Safety observations • Does your agency inform staff members they are doing a great job?
Key Elements • Conduct behavior training • Relationships • Does your agency have a good working relationship with your Insurance Account Manager, Loss Control Manager, and Insurance Loss Control Consultant? • Lift/Transfer/Back Safety training program • Competency based
Key Elements • Formal monthly inspection of all lift units and slings • Documented and kept on file • Drug testing program • Formal post job offer examination • Can the new employee perform the required job tasks
Safety First, Last, Always • Shara Muller, Associate Director of Human Resources Imagine the Possibilities, Inc.
Where do we start? • Be positive! • Don’t have to reinvent the wheel • Realize everyone wants the same thing • Be open-minded • Commitment
Better Together • Information Sharing • Policies/Procedures • Best Practices • Training • Resources • Insurance relationships • Loss Control relationships • Different perspectives • Other agencies • Create 1 corporate standard • Regional committees • Corporate committee • Combine the best of all 4 • Revise • Implement • Assess effectiveness ongoing
Committee Selection Regional Committee • Committee Chair Person • Representation from every department • Representation from every level in the organization • HR • Maintenance • Management members • Front line employees • Individual(s) served • Anyone with an interest in safety
Committee Selection • Corporate Committee • Representation from executive team • Representation from all regions • Representation from all service areas • Representation from external resources • Unique perspectives • Chair persons from all regions • HR • Maintenance • Departments • Directors, supervisors • Work Comp Insurance • Liability Insurance
Committee Guidelines • Develop guidelines for the committee: • Regularly scheduled meetings • Selected members • Attendance requirements • Agenda • Committee’s role • Committee members’ roles and responsibilities • Meeting minutes • Handling of confidential information
Committee Priorities • Establish priorities: • Goals to eliminate known or potential loss sources • Safety education • Inspections, observations, assessments of processes • Review of possible changes • Job hazard analysis • Annual review and updating of safety rules and procedures
Challenges • What challenges do you encounter…? • Within your organization? • With governing/regulatory bodies? • Within your program?
Keep it alive… • Know the value of a safety committee • Have a clear understanding of your role/responsibility • Create buy-in • Know your resources • Have the support of management
Leading to Safety • Jeff Morris, Chief Human Resources Officer • Imagine the Possibilities, Inc.
Leadership & Safety • Creating a culture of safety in your organization will absolutely require a concerted effort at all levels of leadership.
7 practical considerations • Establish an organizational structure. • Establish policies, processes and goals.
7 practical steps • Allocate resources. • Make it a priority in practical ways. • Emphasize continually • Seek Input routinely • Implement creatively
7 practical steps • Be visibly and intentionally involved. • Reward people for safety success. • Celebrate your successes.
It’s up to you! • Safety needs to be encoded into your organization’s DNA. • Safety is a cultural element which needs to be evident throughout the organization. • Safety needs to be a commitment on the part of the organization’s leadership at all levels.
The research says… • Dr. Harry Shannon, Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health (a non-profit organization located in Ontario, Canada) has examined workplace factors in relation to injury rates.
The research says… • “We found that factors such as workforce empowerment, good relationships between managers and workers, conducting safety audits, training of joint health and safety committee members, and active participation of top management in joint health and safety issues were all consistently related to lower injury rates.”
The research says… • Shannon also says, “It’s important for workers to actively see how management deals with safety issues. Is management taking an active role? If workers think safety is being dealt with responsibly, then it probably is.”
Influence • “The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” ~ John Maxwell
Influence • A commitment to safety on the part of your employees cannot be effectively dictated. You can try to use the leverage you have in terms of compensation, benefits, perks and even discipline. AND SOMETIMES THIS IS NECESSARY.
Influence • The most effective and “true” leadership; however, comes from having personal influence.
Influence • “If you can’t influence others, they won’t follow you. And if they won’t follow you, you’re not a leader.” ~ John Maxwell
Connection • Effective leaders know that you first have to touch people’s hearts before you ask them for a hand…The heart comes before the head. ~ John Maxwell