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WAC 296-800-130

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Safety committees/safety meetings—Summary.

Important:
This rule requires you to have a method of communicating and evaluating safety and health issues brought up by you or your employees in your workplace. Larger employers must establish a safety committee. Smaller employers have the choice of either establishing a safety committee or holding safety meetings with a management representative present.
There is a difference between a safety committee and a safety meeting.
• A safety committee is an organizational structure where members represent a group. This gives everyone a voice but keeps the meeting size to an effective number of participants.
• A safety meeting includes all employees and a management person is there to ensure that issues are addressed. Typically, the safety committee is an effective safety management tool for a larger employer and safety meetings are more effective for a smaller employer.
Your responsibility:
To establish a safety committee or hold safety meetings to create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all employees.
You must:
Establish and conduct safety committees.
Follow these rules to conduct safety meetings.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040, and [49.17].050. WSR 02-16-047, § 296-800-130, filed 8/1/02, effective 10/1/02; WSR 01-11-038, § 296-800-130, filed 5/9/01, effective 9/1/01.]