The Safety Committee was founded in 1974 and delivers the safety work of the AAGBI. Major contributions to anaesthesia safety in Great Britain and Ireland have been achieved through initiatives such as the introduction of standards for monitoring in anaesthesia, standards for obstetric anaesthesia, training of anaesthetic assistants, standards for checking anaesthetic equipment, and through publication of safety guidelines.
The role of the Safety Committee is to:
- Advise on matters of patient safety in anaesthetic practice
- Provide expert opinion on safety issues highlighted by members, the pharmaceutical industry and equipment manufacturers
- Liaise with the Department of Health, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, National Patient Safety Agency, Royal College of Anaesthetists and the medical defence organisations on safety initiatives
- Organise seminars and practice guidelines on safety aspects of anaesthetic practice
- Report to Council on safety matters that affect anaesthetists and the speciality