Is your health and safety committee fulfilling these five duties?

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 20 Jun. 2014

Tags: health and safety committee, health and safety, ohs regulations, health and safety representative, health and safety programme

If you’re up-to-date on OHS regulations, you know you must have a health and safety committee that must work hand-in-hand on safety issues.

This is how you manage your workplace health and safety on a day-to-day basis. If new hazards arise or the DoL puts new regulations in place, you’ll discuss them with your committee. Together you’ll find a solution to the problem.

But if your health and safety committee doesn’t fulfil these five duties they’re not doing their job properly.

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If you’re responsible for health and safety in your company, you know how difficult it is to create a safe and healthy working environment. 
Especially if you’ve been tasked to do it on top of your daily job responsibilities.
There are dozens of questions that pop up, like…
How do you know the health and safety documents you draw up are legally compliant?
Can you be sure that you’re checking all the hazards you should be, every single time?
And, how do you do all this without wasting a huge chunk of time that should be dedicated to your real job?

I have the solution for you right here…

Who must be on your health and safety committee?

Your managers, health and safety rep and you make up your health and safety committee
This means managers and representatives can work together to ensure your health and safety programme works. 
Together, you have to uphold safety working standards. But to do this, the committee must fulfil these five duties...

Ensure your health and safety committee fulfil these five duties

Your committee must:
1. Initiate 
When there’s a health and safety issue in your workplace, the committee must initiate the discussion and prevention of this issue;
2. Develop
The committee must work together to develop safety precautions that’ll protect all your employees while they’re at work.
3. Promote
Together you must promote your workplace health and safety. Lead by example and get all your employees to comply.
4. Maintain 
The committee must maintain your health and safety standards.
5. Review
Your committee must review your health and safety programme regularly. This to ensure it complies with OHS regulations and works properly. 
If your committee does these five things you’ll be able to work together effectively to keep all your employees safe.
PS: Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. And, you've answered 'YES' to at least half of the questions above.

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