Making the most of health and safety committees

Committee can boost morale and productivity as long as members trained and role seen as opportunity, not obligation
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/21/2009

A company that considers a place on a joint health and safety committee (JHSC) as an obligation instead of an opportunity — or a rubber stamp to satisfy legislative requirements — could be missing out on untold health, safety and performance opportunities.

Built on the concept of workers and management participating in the improvement and maintenance of a workplace health and safety system, an effective committee can offer many benefits, such as informed advice, greater productivity, reduced damage to equipment and improved morale and co-operation among employees.

On the other hand, poor health and safety processes at a company can lower workers’ spirits while raising turnover by delivering the implicit message their health and well-being is a low priority for their employer and they are not valued.