General Small Business Checklists - Section 2A

Hold Safety Meetings/Have a Safety Committee

 

Why have safety meetings??

    • They show that management is serious about safety -- not just giving it lip service.
    • They get employees involved in the safety process
    • Increase the number of eyes and brains engaged in safety
    • Employees develop a sense of "ownership" in the safety efforts
    • It gives "early warning" of unsafe conditions

Determine if you need to have Safety Meetings and/or a Safety Committee:

For General Business:

If you have: Then:

10 or fewer employees

You may choose to have Safety Meetings instead of having a Safety Committee

11 or more employees on the same shift at the same location

 

You must have a Safety Committee

11 or more employees, but they work on different shifts and there are 10 or fewer on each shift, or

11 or more employees, but they work in widely separate locations and there are 10 or fewer at each location

You may choose to have Safety Meetings instead of having a Safety Committee

For Construction:

    • Crew safety meetings must be held at the beginning of every job, then at least weekly after that.

For Agriculture:

    • Foreman-crew safety meetings must be held at least monthly or whenever there are significant changes in job assignments.

Maintain minutes of safety meetings

Get ideas of what to talk about at safety meetings

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