When forming a safety committee, he recommends that a cross-section of employees be involved. "This is needed so that the committee has a knowledge base for all types of operations, and also to ensure each area and shift has a voice on the committee.
"Members should generally serve a staggered but set period of time, often a couple of years, and rotate out, so that all employees have the opportunity to participate, and also to keep 'fresh eyes' on the committee."
The safety committee process at Ryder is an integral element of the company's Safety, Health and Security program. Involvement of every employee in safety and health issues is the key factor in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.
The safety committee structure at Ryder allows for a safety committee at the business unit level - which encompasses a number of service facilities, as well as a safety committee at the individual shop level.
Chaired by the director of operations, the Business Unit Safety Committee meets once a month and sets the goals and priorities for the safety committees at the individual facilities, explains Sunshine of Ryder System. At the shop level, seven members from the shop team, who are rotated on an annual basis, are in charge of safety and are each responsible for a different safety area for their facility. The shops also hold their own monthly safety meeting to address safety issues and ensure employees are aware of proper procedures.
One additional tool that Ryder uses is its STAR (Safety Tracking and Reporting) system, which is an application through which shops receive their safety assignments for the month and all the materials for their monthly safety meeting. Through STAR, the shops can keep track of the status of their safety assignments and the assignments that have been completed.
"This has been a critical tool in helping Ryder to standardize its safety assignments and procedures across its network of more than 800 service facilities," Sunshine says. "By using the STAR system, Ryder can ensure that the shops are receiving the information they need to operate safely and are completing the requisite training."
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