Thinking of setting up an environment, health, and safety (EHS) committee?
Great idea! Committees promote collaborative work, employee participation and continuous improvement of environment, health, and safety practices.
Who can be a member?
Your committee should reflect the size and diversity of your department and the nature of your work.
A committee should include representation from the following:
- Management: decision-makers who demonstrate leadership and commitment
- Employees in supervisory roles or those with a comprehensive understanding of the department
- Others with safety-related competencies (e.g. department safety designates)
- An EHS representative (no voting privileges)
How to get started
- Prepare a terms of reference
- Prepare an annual plan to organize objectives and set target dates
- Contact EHS to book a committee orientation session
Don't forget: Communication is key
- Demonstrate trust and respect
- Talk and listen to each another
- Make decisions collaboratively