Establishing Goals and Objectives for a JHSC

Categories: Joint Health and Safety Committees, OHS TrainingPublished On: November 8, 2023
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Setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) Goals

Establishing SMART goals and objectives for the JHSC (Joint Health and Safety Committee) is essential for guiding its activities, setting clear objectives, and measuring progress effectively. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Here’s how you can apply the SMART criteria to set goals for the JHSC:

Specific (S): Enhance Workplace Safety Culture

Example: Foster a safety culture that promotes hazard identification, open communication, and employee engagement in safety initiatives.

Measurable (M): Increase Safety Training Participation

Example: Achieve a 20% increase in the number of employees participating in safety training programs by the end of the year.

Achievable (A): Implement Safety Awareness Campaigns

Example: Implement quarterly safety awareness campaigns that focus on specific safety topics and encourage active employee involvement.

Relevant (R): Ensure Monthly Safety Inspections

Example: Conduct monthly JHSC workplace safety inspections across all departments, ensuring that all areas are inspected at least once every month.

Time-bound (T): Establish Timely Incident Reporting

Example: Implement a process for timely incident reporting, ensuring that all incidents are reported within 24 hours of occurrence.

By emphasizing safety culture, increasing training participation, conducting monthly safety inspections, and establishing timely incident reporting, the JHSC can proactively address workplace safety concerns and continually improve safety practices. These SMART goals underscore the importance of regular inspections to identify and address potential hazards promptly, creating a safer work environment for all employees in compliance with Ontario’s requirements.

Aligning Committee Objectives with Organizational Objectives for the JHSC

The JHSC cannot be working alone, off to the side, in order to meet legislative requirements. In order to be effective, the committee needs to understand its organization’s goals. Ensure that the JHSC members have a clear understanding of the organization’s overall mission, vision, and goals. This includes both safety-related goals and broader business objectives. Identify key safety priorities and challenges that align with the organization’s objectives. Consider factors such as injury trends, incident data, and workplace-specific hazards. Engage with organizational management to gain insight into their safety-related expectations and objectives for the JHSC. Understand how safety fits into the organization’s overall strategy and decision-making processes. including safety-related objectives and performance indicators.

The JHSC must demonstrate how safety contributes to the organization’s success, productivity, and overall well-being. Emphasize the positive impact of a strong safety culture on employee morale and business performance. Ensure that safety considerations are integrated into the organization’s policies, procedures, and decision-making processes. This includes safety training, emergency response plans, and incident reporting protocols.

Collaborate with organizational departments to develop and implement safety initiatives that align with their respective goals. Involve employees from different areas in safety planning and decision-making. For example, purchasing needs to understand the importance of ordering standardized equipment, from a safety perspective. If operators are used to right-handed controls, a machine with left-handed controls, can cause problems.

Advocate for the allocation of resources, including time, budget, and personnel, to support the JHSC’s safety objectives and initiatives. Continuously monitor the progress of the JHSC’s objectives and the impact on organizational safety performance. Make adjustments as needed to ensure alignment and effectiveness. Showcase the value of the JHSC’s contributions to safety improvements within the organization. Use data and success stories to demonstrate the committee’s positive impact.

When the JHSC is aligned and integrated into the organizational objectives, it will be more effective, and more respected in the organization.

Tracking Progress and Performance Indicators

Tracking progress and performance indicators for the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is essential to measure the effectiveness of safety initiatives and ensure that safety objectives are being met.

Ensure that the JHSC has clear and specific objectives that align with the organization’s safety goals. These objectives for the JHSC should be measurable and time-bound. Identify the key performance indicators that will help measure progress toward the JHSC’s objectives. Examples of KPIs include the frequency of safety inspections, safety training participation rates, and the status of safety action items.

Before implementing any new safety initiatives, establish baseline measurements for each selected KPI. This provides a starting point for tracking improvements over time. Collect data and records related to the chosen KPIs regularly. This may include incident reports, inspection checklists, training attendance records, and employee feedback. Set up reporting mechanisms to collect and consolidate data on the selected KPIs. This may involve using digital platforms, spreadsheets, or dedicated safety software.

Regularly analyze the collected data to assess progress toward the JHSC’s objectives. Look for trends, patterns, and areas for improvement. Create visual dashboards or reports to present the KPI data in an easily understandable format. Visualizing data can help identify trends and areas that need attention.

Review progress and performance indicators during JHSC meetings or through dedicated review sessions. Involve committee members in the analysis and decision-making process. Celebrate successes based on improvements in KPIs and acknowledge the efforts of the JHSC and employees. Identify challenges or areas that require further attention and develop action plans accordingly.

Use the data and insights from tracking progress to make informed decisions about safety initiatives and strategies. Continually improve safety programs based on performance results. Regularly communicate progress and results to all employees and management. Use the data to provide recommendations for ongoing safety improvements.

Encourage feedback from JHSC members, employees, and management regarding the effectiveness of safety initiatives and tracking mechanisms. Use their input to refine and enhance tracking processes.

By effectively tracking progress and performance indicators, the JHSC can assess the impact of safety efforts, identify areas for improvement, and demonstrate the value of their contributions to workplace safety. Regularly reviewing and adjusting safety strategies based on performance data helps foster a proactive safety culture and continuously improve safety outcomes.

About the Author

Louise Caicco Tett, Mph, Crsp, Rn - President – Occupational Health And Safety Consultant

Louise Caicco Tett
OHS Consultant

Louise is a Registered Nurse with a degree from Western University. She has a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and holds her Canadian Registered Safety Professional Designation. Louise also has her Master’s in Public Health (Occupational Health and Safety Management) from Tulane University’s Department of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Louise’s special interests include management systems, leading indicators, safety leadership, mental health, incident investigation, and any emerging health and safety topic.