Workplace Safety Committee Bylaws
The purpose of the Bethlehem Area School District Safety Committee (the committee) is to promote a safe and healthy working environment for each employee by creating and maintaining an active interest in safety by each employee and to assist in the overall effort to minimize the frequency of accidents in the workplace.
The goal of the Bethlehem Area School District Safety Committee is to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses by involving employees and managers in identifying hazards and suggesting how to prevent them.
The Bethlehem Area School District Safety Committee has five major objectives:
Committee Formation and Membership
The Bethlehem Area School District Safety Committee is formed as a centralized Safety Committee.
All primary workplaces are represented.
The committee shall be composed of a minimum of two (2) employer representatives and a minimum of two (2) employee representatives.
Employee representatives may volunteer or be elected by their peers. Management will select employer representatives.
The committee will consist of seven (7) employer representatives and ten (10) employee representatives and will represent the following primary workplaces:
Committee members shall:
The committee shall consist of three (3) officers; two (2) Co-Chairs and a Secretary.
The Co-Chairs and Secretary will serve a term of two (2) years.
Election of Officers:
Duties of the Co-Chair(s)
Duties of the Secretary
Duties of Committee Members
The committee will encourage employees to identify health and safety hazards in the workplace. Concerns raised by employees will be presented to the committee in writing. The committee will review new concerns at the next regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The vehicles for reporting concerns shall be:
Bethlehem Area School District Maintenance Department
Attn: Workplace Safety Committee
250 E. Fairview Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
The committee will respond to employee concerns in writing and work with management to resolve them. The committee will present written recommendations for resolving concerns to management. Within sixty (60) days of receiving the written recommendation(s), management will respond in writing to the committee indicating acceptance, rejection, or modification of the recommendations.
The committee will maintain a log of all employee concerns, including the date received, recommendation(s) to managements, the date the concern was resolved, and the date the employee was notified.
The committee will conduct ongoing workplace inspections for the purpose of follow-up to previously reported health and safety hazards. The location and identity of hazards shall be documented in writing, and the committee shall make proposals to management regarding correction of the hazards.
All committee members will receive annual training in the following topics:
Written records of safety committee training shall include:
Meeting schedule: The committee will meet on the second Wednesday of every month, alternating meeting times of 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Quorum: Fifty-one percent (51%) of regular committee members constitute of quorum. A quorum must be present for each monthly meeting.
Conducting Meetings: The written agenda will be used as the order of business to conduct all safety committee meetings and will include:
Voting: Motions considered by the committee shall require a simple majority vote of the regular committee members present to be adopted.
Committee Record Retention
The Secretary will be responsible for record retention. The following records will be maintained for a period of five (5) years: