Safety Committees: What you need to know

There are no federal requirements for safety committees in private sector workplaces. However, many states require them. In some states, employers may get a discount on their workers' compensation premiums if they have a safety committee in place.

See your state analysis for Safety Committees for more information about the requirements in your state.

For a Limited Time receive a FREE Safety Special Report on the "50 Tips For More-Effective Safety Training."  Receive 75 pages of useful safety information broken down into three training sections. Download Now

Safety committees are a key part of safety in the workplace. They accomplish several things:

  • Central focus. Committees which represent all functions or departments allow the organization to take an overall look at safety requirements and to foresee problems that might otherwise cause difficulties.
  • Sounding board. The committee is a visible and approachable body for safety or health complaints, suggestions, and the like.
  • Central coordination. With management direction, much of the coordination of safety training activities can be accomplished by the safety committee.

Management has the ultimate responsibilities for safety and health. Through its managers and supervisors it establishes the program and enforces safety rules. But the safety committee can have an important role in assisting supervisors with the success of that program.

An effective safety committee encourages safety awareness, gets a large number of employees actively involved in the safety program over time, helps motivate employees to follow sound safety practices. An effective employee safety structure provides a feedback mechanism to identify and correct new safety hazards at the earliest stage. Once the safety committee structure is in place and working well, it is a natural vehicle for employee involvement, preparation and introduction of new safety ...

>> Read more about Safety Committees

More on this topic:

State Requirements

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

Safety Committees Resources

Safety Committees Products

Safety.BLR.com - Making Safety Training and Compliance Easier
Safety training and compliance just got easier. You get easy access to hundreds of training solutions, easy-to-understand regulatory analysis, analysis of federal and state full-text regs, regulatory activity, news, and best practices. Safety.BLR.com - your online safety solution."
Safety Audit Checklists - 2013 Edition
2013 Edition
This handy book of checklists helps you easily perform a safety audit. Get your employees and safety committee ready for unexpected OSHA visits, quickly and easily with this checklist system. Helps you uncover problems before you're cited or fined. Get ready for 2013 GHS big changes! "
Safety Training Presentations in PowerPoint
Complete PowerPoint training meetings make it easy to deliver OSHA required safety training. These 25 ready-to-deliver meetings give you effective toolbox training – no preparation required! Includes meeting outlines, customizable PowerPoint slides many with AUDIO, handouts, and quizzes."
Safety Committee Training Video
Get your Safety Committee properly trained with this video. With this self-directed program you can ensure that effective training is provided, and that everyone is on “the same page” – while encouraging teamwork and cooperation. Just $149"
Successful Safety Committees: They’re No Accident
Get your Safety Committee properly trained with this complete one-stop program. With this self-directed program you can ensure that effective training is provided, and that everyone is on “the same page” – while encouraging teamwork and cooperation. Includes video, handouts, and certificates of completion. "
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of 50 Tips For More Effective Safety Training

Each Safety topic delivers effective training, including train the trainer preparation tips on blended learning programs, multilingual training, and computer-based training.
Download Now!

Covering Safety awareness in:
  • Back Safety
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Safety
  • Forklift Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Operations
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Sexual Harassment and Safety
  • Violence in the Workplace
The report also provides special event and awareness tips like:
  • National Safety Month
  • National Fire Prevention Week
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
This is a time- and work-saving reference packed with effective training information.

Download Now!