Organize a Safety Committee
Your department should have a safety committee. Academic institutions and companies should all have safety committees. A safety committee should consist of employees, supervisors, faculty, staff, administration, and students. The committee should meet regularly to discuss safety, health, and environmental problems and to seek solutions to them.
The committee should help to see that the safety policy is implemented. They can help to promote an interest and concern for health and safety issues. The committee might also be the group responsible for conducting regular inspections, reviewing accident reports, and developing recommended safety procedures.
One type of safety committee is the central safety committee. It is chaired by the highest ranking onsite official. The members of the committee are his or her direct reports. In this way senior management/administration is involved and providing leadership in the safety program.
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