Safety Committees – How to run an Occupational Health and Safety Meeting

Safety Committees – How to run an Occupational Health and Safety Meeting

Warning – some may find this very boring! Others may not 🙂 

School committees, sporting committees, church committees and workplace committees … we are all familiar with different committees but how do committees function and what elements combine to make an effective committee. A committee is a group of people, usually people with a vested interest, brought together to manage, address or oversee a particular organisation, part of an organisation or a particular problem or issue. For a committee to be effective: • Its role must be clearly defined. • The goals and objectives must be understood by all committee members. • And it must be able to meet in a timely manner to address problems and issues that arise. The word committee is derived from the word commit, and commitment to achieve its goals and objectives is the basis of any successful committee. The objective of this program is to highlight the importance of Workplace Safety Committees and by so doing, increase awareness of the standards for worker responsibility in observing and being active in daily safety procedures.

Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot and Compliance Controller at Everything Safety
Barry Spud
What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

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