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Holding a health and safety committee meeting? Include these ten things on your agenda

by , 05 February 2014
It's important that your health and safety committee meetings are efficient. If you overlook this, you won't meet your health and safety goals. So make sure these ten things are on your agenda every time you hold a health and safety committee meeting.

When you compile your agenda for your health and safety committee meeting, you must ensure it contains these ten things:

Ten agenda items every health and safety committee meeting must address

The Health & Safety Advisor says you must include:

  1. A report from health and safety officers on concerns by employees regarding health and safety;
  2. Potential hazards and incidents in the workplace;
  3. A report on inspections the health and safety officers or the health and safety committee have done;
  4. A review of the safety records since the previous meeting;
  5. A report on any incident investigations;
  6. A report on any Department of Labour inspections;
  7. A report on any safety audits;
  8. Training needs for all staff and for the health and safety committee;
  9. A review of the health and safety policy; and
  10. A review of the health and safety plan.

That's not all.

After the meeting, remember to send out minutes as soon as possible. Do this no later than a week after the meeting.

You must also do follow-ups with the people you had given tasks at the meeting. This will help ensure they carry out these tasks before the next meeting.

Important: We'll stress this once again: Your health and safety committee needs to operate effectively so that it can fulfill its legal responsibilities. So make sure you include these ten items on your agenda when holding health and safety committee meetings.

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