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​Safety Action Committees

SAC is a common sense approach for Safety Committees, which will drive safety on the floor while building a culture based on trust and teamwork. To often today’s safety committees lack the organization required to succeed. SAC establishes the base from which safety programs can grow while instilling the appropriate safety culture needed to achieve business goals.  


This program has been developed with years of field experience managing the "big name programs", and we have trimmed away unnecessary fluff for a cost effective proven method to meet your expectations. Though just a base, it is a system from which growth can occur.  SAC is meant to establish a business system which safety committees and employees can take ownership. The program is driven by employees rather than by management. Teamwork and employee involvement is the reason SAC Programs work. Success is easily achieved once correctly implemented and supported by all.  


Why Do Safety Committees Fall Short?
 

Does your Safety Committee really Work? Safety Committees are generally created with a common goal in mind “ to reduce work place incidents while promoting safety”.  However, it can be seen time and time again that the traditional safety committee tends to be used as vehicle for submitting complaints rather than used as a positive promotion tool.  All to often, many of the complaints submitted should have never gotten past the immediate supervisor or the maintenance department. Ultimately, employees become frustrated as problems persist. This is especially true when items have been in the system for weeks or months on end. As a last resort, complaints are funneled through the safety committee producing some type of result. This is due in part to a self-instilled obligation to “help”, typical of most safety managers.  When in reality, the
continual disruption of non-safety related items tend to bog down the committee.  Because of this practice, committee members usually take the blame when goals fall short. 


Maybe the problem is not the people on the committee, rather the business approach of the committee. Most committees
typically don’t establish a business plan or a system, which will drive safety on the floor while building that culture based on trust and teamwork.  To often today’s safety committees lack the organization required to succeed. With the right organization a base can be established from which safety programs can grow, while instilling the appropriate safety culture needed to achieve business goals.  Lets look some of the factors affecting safety committee performance.


Building A Successful Safety Action Committee (SAC)

Just like any business or company a safety committee must provide a service or produce a product in order to be effective.  Problems from the floor must be relayed to committee members and then up to management. Typically this occurs, but from the same few individuals month after month who use the committees as an avenue to complain rather than expressing genuine safety concerns. Employee driven programs will typically win hands down when compared to a management system. The SAC Program transforms the traditional safety committee into a complete process producing results through employee participation. Ownership and teamwork are the keys to success! By dividing areas or groups of employees into teams and selecting team leaders within each team, ownership becomes a reality.  Then by adding a reporting process for near-miss incidents and/ or unsafe conditions, two way communication is created between team

members, committees and upper management.

 

What drives the Process?  Give us a call and let us show you!