Safety Committees

(or other Departmental or Collegiate safety improvement mechanisms)

Safety committee responsibilities:

  • Maintain a working knowledge of their work areas, actively engage in safety improvement, and visibly advocate for safety
  • Evaluate and improve departmental and collegiate safety cultures
  • Identify high-risk job tasks and promote the development of safe work practices
  • Identify and share best practices across the Department or College
  • Identify the need for written programs and recommend implementation to department or college leadership
  • Regularly assess and communicate with departmental and collegiate leadership through clearly defined reporting mechanisms
  • Promote and facilitate safety training
  • Review results of periodic safety audits and inspections (via Department Safety Officers). Members are also encouraged to participate
  • Solicit reports of unsafe conditions and suggest corrective actions
  • Review incidents, near misses, accident investigation reports - not for fault finding, but for fact finding to prevent a recurrence of the same or similar incident
  • Review injury and incident data for trends
  • Establish departmental and collegiate goals for safety improvement

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