The Accord trains and supports joint labour-management Safety Committees at factories producing for Accord signatory companies. Functioning Safety Committees are key to making sure the aims of the Accord continue to be realised after the five-year agreement and for the long term.
Building these Committees and making them effective in addressing and monitoring safety and health issues on a day-to-day basis is a central focus of the Accord training efforts.
Conduct factory inspections to identify safety hazards;
Respond to employee complaints and suggestions about safety and health;
Review company accident reports to learn how such accidents can be prevented;
Communicate about safety and health issues to workers;
Meet regularly, at least once every three months.
Key components of the Safety Committee and Safety Training Program:
Initial Meeting with Factory Management and signatories
The aim of this meeting is to introduce the Safety Training Program and to agree on all the All Employee Meetings’ dates.
All Employee Meetings
During these meetings, all workers in the factory are introduced to the members of the Safety Committee. The Accord further provides information on how to identify and reduce common safety hazards, how to safely evacuate the factory in case of fire or other emergencies, and how to use the Accord’s Complaints Procedure. At the end of each meeting, the workers receive a booklet reiterating the information presented.
7 Session Safety Committee Training Curriculum
The training sessions focus on the Safety Committee’s role in remediation, complaints handling, joint problem solving, hazard identification, and safety monitoring systems.
Ongoing support for effective functioning of Safety Committees
including the facilitation of the first meetings of the Safety Committees and the involvement of the Safety Committees in follow-up inspections.
To follow the progress of the Safety Committee and Safety Training Program, go to Milestones