At time of study.
Characteristics of effective health and safety committees: Survey results†
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 163–179, February 2013
How to Cite
Morse, T., Bracker, A., Warren, N., Goyzueta, J. and Cook, M. (2013), Characteristics of effective health and safety committees: Survey results. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 163–179. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22096
Disclosure Statement: The authors report no conflicts of interests.
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 JUN 2012
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Grant Number: R21OH009092-01A1
- health and safety committees;
- safety programs;
- management support;
- worker involvement;
- injury and illness rates
Although perhaps the most common worker-management structure, there has been surprisingly little research on describing and evaluating the characteristics of health and safety committees.
A survey of 380 health and safety committee members from 176 manufacturing workplaces was supplemented with administrative data and compared with reported workers' compensation rates. Survey respondents also reported perceptions of overall safety, committee, effectiveness, committee activities, and “best practices.”
Extensive descriptive data is presented, including a mean of 8.7 members per committee spending 1,167 hr per year on committee business for an estimate of $40,500 worth of time per committee. Higher speed to correct action items, a focus on ergonomics, and planning for safety training was associated with lower injury rates. The discrepancy between managers and hourly committee members in estimating overall safety was strongly positively associated with injury rates.
Communications and worker involvement may be important to address discrepancy issues. Prospective studies are needed to distinguish directionality of associations. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:163–179, 2013. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.