In part one of this two-part blog, we reviewed the basics and functions of a safety committee within a recycling business. Such a committee is vital, not only for overall safety but also for the engagement and retention of happy, involved employees who know they’re valued.
At Leadpoint, our MRF safety training and operations services include assisting your company with the formation and proper establishment of a safety committee that meets each of these areas. Once you’ve determined the proper size for the committee and begun the process of recruiting team members for it, here are some additional steps to consider as you implement the committee and allow it to perform its company-wide functions.
Like any team within the workplace, your safety committee requires proper leadership and direction. Here are some tactics to consider in this area:
Once the leadership and general function of the committee is established, it’s time to set up standards for team meetings. Some areas to consider are:
Finally, it’s critical to give your safety committee access to proper communication channels – not only with each other, but with the rest of the company as well. Provide information on safety committee members that everyone can access, plus a format for collecting employee suggestions or concerns that can be raised during committee meetings. Post committee meeting minutes publicly so the entire company has access to them. Keep things confidential in any situation where specific employees or inquiries are being discussed, while ensuring proper documentation is in place for any action or recommendation made by the committee.
For more on the establishment and function of a safety committee for your recycling business, or to learn about any of our recycling industry workforce or training services, speak to the staff at Leadpoint today.