Lee County Safety Committee

Per action at the February 17, 2009 meeting of the Lee County Board, a Safety Committee was established as a sub-committee of the Properties/Planning/Zoning Committee. The Committee’s primary purpose is to promote a safe and healthy work environment by enhancing the safety policies/programs already in place in the various departments. 

The Safety Committee members include the Chair of the Properties/Planning/Zoning Committee, the Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) Board representative and County Officers as appointed by the Lee County Board.  The Committee meets on an as needed basis to conduct the business of the Committee.  For more information contact the County Insurance Liaison, Chris Henkel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 815-288-3643.   


Safety Policy Statement


It is the policy of the County that accident prevention shall be considered of primary importance in all phases of operation and administration. It is the intention of upper management to provide safe and healthy working conditions and to establish and insist upon safe practices at all times by all employees. The prevention of accidents is an objective affecting all levels of our county and its operations. It is, therefore, a basic requirement that each Department Head make the safety of all employees an integral part of his or her regular management function. It is equally the duty of each employee to accept and follow established safety regulations and procedures.


Every effort will be made to provide adequate training to employees. However, if an employee is ever in doubt about how to do a job or task safely, it is his or her duty to ask a qualified person for assistance.


Employees are expected to assist management in accident prevention activities. Unsafe conditions must be reported immediately. Fellow employees that need help should be assisted. Everyone is responsible for the housekeeping duties that pertain to their jobs. The County is sincerely interested in your safety. It is your responsibility to follow the rules of safety as established for your protection and to use the protective devices. Personal protection, periodic safety inspections of buildings and grounds and areas of responsibility, including hazard awareness and risk management shall be fundamental in our daily operations. Safety training will be implemented on a continuous basis to improve performance of duties and to enhance all employee conditions. Department Heads, Supervisors and superiors at all levels will continually promote safety and situational awareness.


All employees of the County will be expected to take care of themselves and each other. Under no circumstances, except emergency trips to the hospital, should an employee leave the work site without reporting an injury. When you have an accident, everyone is hurt. Please work safely. Safety is everyone’s business.