Why Should Employees Be Involved?

Because it's the right and smart thing to do. Here's why:

  • • Employees are the persons most in contact with potential safety and health hazards. They have a vested interest in effective protection programs.
  • • Group decisions have the advantage of the group's wider range of experience.
  • • Employees are more likely to support and use programs in which they have input.

Employees who are encouraged to offer their ideas and whose contributions are taken seriously are more satisfied and productive on the job.

Examples of employee participation include the following:

  • • Participating on joint labor management committees and other advisory or specific- purpose committees
  • • Conducting site inspections
  • • Analyzing routine hazards in each step of a job or process, and preparing safe work practices or controls to eliminate or reduce exposure
  • • Developing and revising the site safety and health rules
  • • Solving safety and health problems
  • • Training both current and newly hired employees
  • • Providing programs and presentations at safety and health meetings
  • • Conducting accident/incident investigations
  • • Reporting hazards
  • • Fixing hazards within their control
  • • Supporting their fellow workers by providing feedback on risks and assisting them in eliminating hazards
  • • Participating in accident/incident investigations
  • • Performing a preuse or change analysis for new equipment or processes in order to identify hazards up front before use

Employees want to feel that they have some control over their work lives and safety and health. Participation is one way to accomplish this. Everyone wants to belong and feel wanted. Employee involvement in safety and health can help accomplish this.

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