Establishing an effective Safety Committee is a particularly important element in controlling workers’ compensation costs. This is especially true for larger municipalities with multiple departments. While support from top management is a crucial component, eliciting ideas from all levels produces the best results. That’s why the committee should include a combination of employees and managers from all departments, and a municipal manager or other leader with delegated safety authority is often a good choice as committee chair. In the course of its work, the committee process needs to truly engage all members in loss prevention. The committee can address workplace wellness in addition to safety.
PACIF Loss Control staff can help member municipalities set up an appropriate committee structure and will attend meetings periodically to consult, give feedback, and keep the committee on the right track. Some key resources are provided on this page to get you started.