It is a well-recognized fact that safety presentations have a great impact on safety in the workplace. Those who have regular safety meetings know that it enhances awareness, gives a venue for employees to state their views and feedback about unsafe behaviour, workplace hazards, and solutions to potential accidents. Many people in the upper management say that they find it difficult to think about topics that keep the employees engaged during safety trainings and retain their interest.
This is probably one of the reasons why some companies do not hold regular safety meetings. If they do, employees do not really focus on the discussions because they see it as something they just have to go through or a requirement and not something important they have to put into practice. However, there are actually practical ways to get related information about safety in the workplace. Without any safety meetings, employees miss the chance to know valuable things that can help them avoid accidents.
Current Issues in the Workplace
One of the main areas to look for safety topics is to research about the current happenings in the workplace. As a leader, the safety manager or trainer would have to spend some time to listen to the employees and it will not take long before a safety concern is mentioned. The management would have to take note of these safety concerns and the conditions surrounding them. These things can be discussed in the next safety meeting. The safety trainer can have a notebook with him at all times so he can write these things down. Nothing is worse than telling a wrong story about important matters during safety presentations.
One of the most important things to take note of when talking to employees is to make sure that the topic is relevant to them. It must be something that will keep them interested. Consider the nature of their job, their goals and select a topic that is meaningful to them. Many safety materials are available such as articles in safety magazines. These are recent news that can keep everyone updated with relevant features all over the country about safety issues. Safety topics will not run out and all the trainer has to do is to choose which ones are relevant to them.
Planning a Safety Presentation
It is crucial to hold safety presentations at least once a month. Depending on the level of hazard an issue poses, it is possible to hold a safety meeting more frequently. Plan the presentations for a certain day and time. Sometimes, there should be a safety meeting when there is a new task. Select a safety topic for every meeting and offer hand-outs for all employees. Before the presentation, the safety trainer can prepare a written agenda. To get everyone involved in the presentation, the employees can handle certain parts of the training.
Conducting a Safety Presentation
Here are some of the tips that trainers should remember when doing a safety presentation:
•The safety meeting can occur on a worksite so there would be hands on presentation. Make sure to find a spot that is not too distracting.
•Spend time to highlight important points on the hand-outs that you will distribute.
•Encourage employees to comment on the details or connect the relevant stories that will give life to the importance of the safety topic.
•Encourage employees to take home the hand-outs so that they can take a look at it again during their free time.
The safety trainer sets the tone of the safety presentations. If they take the information seriously, then the employees will also take it seriously. Remember that these meetings can save someone’s life.