A workplace becomes healthier and safer if employees participate in decision-making about safety and health. Their safety and health are actually influenced by their own actions. Oftentimes, they are the best individuals to understand the hazards in the workplace.
Safety talks are helpful in the following areas:
• Identifying solutions to safety issues
• Developing a positive safety and health culture in which hazards are controlled rationally
• Reducing accidents and illnesses, as well as their related costs to the business
• Creating developments in overall quality, productivity, and efficiency
• Meeting the demands of the customers and maintaining credibility
• Complying with legal requirements
Involving Employees in Safety Meetings
It is important that employees feel that they are involved and valued in making decisions because that can impact their performance. Empowering the employees, training them to have the necessary skills, and involving them in decision-making would show them that their wellbeing, health, and safety are important to the management. Encourage employees to open up their safety concerns and let them offer solutions during meetings.
Spicing Up Safety Talks
The success that a company may have in effectively carrying out a safety program depends on the safety group and their meetings. From these practices, a safety culture will begin to form in the workplace. To increase employee awareness, try to spice up safety meetings so they would be unforgettable.
1.Plan the Meetings
Merely talking to the audience will not make the safety meeting interesting. The meetings must be short; 10-20 minutes is enough to finish the goals. There must be some activities during the safety meetings that involve the employees like procedure mapping, question and answer, and brainstorming.
The safety leader must have a program prepared that would require employees to share a brief personal experience related to the safety topic being discussed. The safety trainer can talk to the employees before the meeting to know if they have experienced something relevant and if there is any positive outcome regarding that potentially dangerous situation.
Employees must be given chances to acknowledge themselves for a job well done. For future safety talks, employees can share their safety experiences wherein they have done something wrong and learned from it. People enjoy sharing stories, and in terms of safety, anyone’s experience can serve as a precautionary lesson for others.
3.Prepare Some Creative Presentations
There’s probably nothing worse than a trainer who’s reading the presentation throughout the entire session. It would be a lot more unforgettable if the trainer would add some humor in it. This will restore the attention of the employees and make them lively and cooperative.
4.Prepare a Quiz
At the end of the safety talk, create a test about the safety topic discussed. However, aside from adding relevant content, include a completely unrelated yet funny question to make things more interesting. The trainer can make this a habit during safety talks so that the employees will look forward to their next test, mainly to check out the interesting information within the questions. This aims to create excitement that would result in active participation.
5.Change the Venue of the Meetings
Some employees feel that the training room is a place of terror. Consider making some changes to the locations of the safety talks. Try to conduct it in the cafeteria and prepare coffee and light snacks for the employees. A bit of fresh air would help everyone relax and give each individual a new perspective. Moreover, if the safety topic is about a particular tool or equipment or if there is new machinery, the safety talk can be conducted at the worksite itself.
Simply put, making safety discussions a lot more interesting is something that any speaker can do regardless of experience.