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Here are seven tips for holding successful health and safety committee meetings

by , 29 October 2014
You need a health and safety committee as part of your health and safety programme. This committee is there to discuss health and safety matters and find ways to constantly maintain health and safety.

To do this you need to have regular health and safety meetings. But sometimes, these just end up becoming a waste of time.

So how do you ensure your health and safety committee meetings are always successful?

To answer that question, we're revealing seven tips that will help you ensure your committee meetings are always a success...

 

Hold successful health and safety committee meetings by using these seven tips

 
1. Ensure every committee member is 100% committed 
This will ensure everyone in your committee focuses on setting health and safety goals, explaining roles and responsibilities and achieving their goals.
 
2. Go to every meeting prepared
Read through the minutes from the last meeting and prepare for the next one in advance. If you wait for the last minute you'll end up forgetting important points of discussion.
 
3. Attend every meeting
How can you expect your health and safety committee members to attend all the meeting, if you don't. 
 
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4. Work according to your agenda 
The chairperson of your committee must stick to the agenda so you don't skip something important. This will also ensure every meeting is organised and focused.
 
5. Bring props to the meeting if you need to
Nothing will illustrate your point when discussing key health and safety issues quiet like visual representations such as props, pictures or examples. 
 
6. Don't let anyone highjack the meeting from the chairperson
If someone else takes over the meeting you'll lose focus of what you need to discuss and the meeting will become chaotic. 
 
7. Hold the committee accountable
If you see the same issues coming up in meetings it means no one has dealt with them. 
 
Use these tips to ensure your committee meetings are always a great success.
 
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more on conducting health and safety committee meetings.
 

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