Terms of reference
Terms of reference are important to the success of a committee and must be accepted and understood by all members. They should be written in a clear style to suit the individual needs of the organisation.
All committee members need to contribute to, and agree on the final document. The terms of reference define:
- how the committee should run
- the role of the committee
- the goals and objectives of the committee
- how workers can raise issues for consideration by the committee.
Terms of reference ensure regular meetings are held and can prevent disputes over the aim, composition and operation of the committee.
A well developed document should outline the agreed procedure for dealing with health and safety problems.