What Safety Committees Can Do

The school safety committee function is often combined with other required committees operating within a district to ensure compliance with different laws, such as Project SAVE or Project RESCUE. Committees can be formed on both the district and building-level committees – such as required under Project SAVE.
In some districts, the safety committee stands alone and is charged with monitoring and addressing general, district-wide safety-related responsibilities.

Typical topics include:

  • Reviewing incident reports and identify loss trends (i.e., high frequency of incidents on a particular stairwell).
  • Reviewing loss runs and investigate accidents. Look for the cause or reason for the loss.
  • Interpreting and implementing Right-To-Know and Emergency Management Preparedness Requirements.
  • Conducting building or facility walk-throughs.
  • Conducting security assessments.
  • Identifying hazards and making recommendations (i.e., loose handrails, broken sidewalks).
  • Soliciting information from the staff about hazardous conditions (i.e., indoor air quality, open access points, poor ventilation).
  • Reviewing safety procedures (i.e., location of fire alarms, extinguishers).
  • Participating in Safety Promotion Programs (i.e., pins or certificates for accident-free performance).
  • Inviting outside experts to conduct internal training for staff (i.e., Fire Marshall).
  • Utilizing films and videos.
  • Maintaining motivation and interest by promoting the Committee (i.e., posting minutes, publishing a newsletter).

The safety committee is typically under the leadership of the superintendent of buildings and grounds.

The committee is often consists of the following individuals:

  • Building-level administrators
  • Athletic Director
  • Representative of the Board of Education
  • Transportation Supervisor
  • Security Director
  • Representatives from the PTA
  • Union Officials
  • Nurses
  • Local Police and/or Fire Representatives