Safety consultant Carl Potter once was told about a workplace in which an employee asked for his name to be deliberately drawn from a hat so he could be the new member of the organization’s safety committee.
Although he felt otherwise, the worker planned to feign disgust at the selection when his name was revealed during an assembly. Such irritation simply matched the workplace culture.
“It wasn’t popular to be a member of the safety committee and like being on it,” said Potter, who is based in Tulsa, OK.
Potter and counterpart Richard Hawk – a veteran safety pro turned professional speaker based in Bridgeton, NJ – believe it doesn’t have to be that way. Each spoke with Safety+Healthabout ways to build more effective and enjoyable workplace safety committees. Their thoughts, as well as guidance from the National Safety Council, helped shape the following seven tips.
Read the article and watch the video here.
Source: National Safety Council
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Tip #5 is interesting. In Australia, the committee is generally made up of employer and employee representatives. The employee representatives must be elected by their workgroup. The idea of a random ballot with a rotating group could have a number of benefits. I have seen a number of Work Health and Safety committees get hijacked by elected workers who have an agenda that is nothing to do with safety. I like the idea of increasing participation amongst the workforce to build capability.