• How to Start a Safety Committee at Your Company
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel CSP, CET, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer for New Pig. She has more than 25 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 200 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental health and Safety Trainer (CET), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She serves on the Blair County, PA LEPC. Her specialties include a wide variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, risk management, DOT and NIMS topics. She conducts trainings and seminars at national conferences and webinars for several national organizations. She can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email karenea@newpig.com.

  • Steele Hondasays:
    04/24/2019 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Thanks for pointing out that one of the responsibilities of a safety committee is to Keep employees informed by posting information on the company’s intranet site, disseminating information at employee meetings and conducting training sessions. I think it would be smart to make sure that your safety community had their health and safety committee certification to make sure that they could take care of those responsibilities better. I also think it would just help them be better prepared to be on the committee in general which would be good.

  • christopher grannumsays:
    08/05/2019 at 10:48 am Reply

    can you say who is directly responsible for setting up the safety committee?

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      09/23/2019 at 11:03 am Reply

      In a majority of states, safety committees are voluntary. Safety committees can, however, be a requirement for workers compensation insurance or programs such as OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

      As with all matters involving employee safety, the employer is ultimately responsible for ensuring the safety of their workplace. Although the employer does not necessarily have to sit on or directly lead the safety committee, it is organized under and supported by the employer.

      Thanks,
      Isabella

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