A workplace safety and health committee is a team of people who have agreed to work together to accomplish a shared goal. It must be a diverse group of individuals with various types of technical knowledge, responsibilities, and experience working cooperatively within the group and all other stakeholders to continuously improve the safety and health environment and culture of the workplace. It could include persons who have been with the workplace for a long period who can be expected to know how that workplace functions, and it could include persons new to the organization who will question why.
Although a workplace safety and health committee is comprised of ‘worker’ and ‘management’ members, this collection of people in a workplace safety and health committee needs to be considered a team – no cliques or ‘sides’ to be in. Each person brings value to the team.This team must be supported by the employer; after all, the committee is there to help the employer carry out its duty to provide a safe and healthy workplace.
To clarify, a workplace safety and health committee is not a governance group; it does not approve or make decisions on how the University is governed, operated, or controlled. It is not a bargaining or labour management group.Its actions are never punitive. A workplace safety and health committee does not do safety. It does not take on the duties, responsibilities or the accountability for others such as staff, supervisors, or management.
Rather, a workplace safety and health committee evaluates how well the current safety and health program is ‘working’ - is it understood and is it effective?It does this by conducting inspections of the physical workplace, observing how people are performing their work tasks, reviewing injury and incident reports, interviewing people to check their understanding of various safety-related policies and procedures, and by asking people what concerns that they have.
By analyzing this information, the team can discover current or potential performance gaps in the safety program or specific safety and health concerns.The LASH committee (the team of subject matter experts) then make written recommendations to the employer (University senior management) that describe the problem and possible solutions on how the workplace’s safety and health program or specific concern can be improved.A well implemented, communicated, and supported safety and health program can be expected to reduce the number of, and/or the severity of, workplace incidents that lead to personal injuries, property damage, and impact to the University’s operations (pain, suffering, and financial costs).
Being a member of a Local Area Safety and Health committee is an excellent opportunity for anyone to help improve the University’s safety environment and culture.
LASH – Local Area Safety & Health committee
· A committee established by the University in accordance with the provisions of the Workplace Safety and Health Act of Manitoba.
OSHAC – Organizational Safety & Health Advisory Committee
· An advisory committee that will look at safety and health issues that cross department/faculty lines or affect the University as a whole. (Not to be confused with the USA’s OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a regulatory agency of the US government).
Administrative Contact (previously called a Management safety representative)
· is a responsible individual specifically assigned to deal with issues related to committees and acting as the committee's contact with the employer.
LASH Committee Contact Information and Membership List
Please be advised, all safety issues in your workplace should be brought to the attention of your direct supervisor. For non-urgent safety issues (which have not been resolved with your direct supervisor) contact your Local Area Safety and Health (LASH) Committee by email.
Please note: Email accounts are not frequently monitored and LASH committees meet quarterly (once every 90 days). Your safety issue will be added to the next LASH committee meeting agenda and you will be informed of any decisions or actions to be taken"
Click on one of the safety committee links below for contact information and membership list:
(Membership list updated as of December 2015)
Minutes of the OSHA Committee
May 9, 2016
September 18, 2017 (Pending)