Why Don't More Employers Have Safety Meetings... On A Regular Basis? - 11/27/2017

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Monday, November 27, 2017


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Why Don't More Employers Have Safety Meetings... On A Regular Basis?

I talked to a potential client last week who was struggling with finding time to put on safety meetings. He was a contractor, so he referred to them as Tool Box Talks.

When I asked him how he was going about the process he said he would put together information when he had the time and then put on a meeting when he could get everyone together. He went on to say that he would try to do one at least once a quarter and they would last about 30 minutes or so.

After I listened to how he was handling his Tool Box Talks, I proceeded to give him a few ideas on making the process a little quicker and easier. Now as I’m sitting down to write this week’s Safety E-QuickTip I realized that there may be others that still struggle with putting on Tool Box Talks or Safety Meetings.

So I dug into past Safety E-QuickTips and found this.

Whenever the subject of safety meetings comes up, most employers say they've had them. When asked a more detailed question, "When was the last time you had a safety meeting?" the answer is usually, "I'm not sure" or "It's been awhile."

Why don't more employers have safety meetings with their employees on a regular basis? Is it because they don't think they're important? When asked those questions, the answer 9 times out of 10 is, "We think safety meetings are important, but there's no time and we don't know what to talk about."

Does this sound familiar?

In just 10 minutes a week, I'll show you how to put on a safety meeting that is relevant to the work employees are performing, helping to protect them from hazards in the workplace.

All you need to do is follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Pick a specific time each week that you will have a safety meeting. If you have several jobs or locations, the time should be the same for everyone.
  2. Keep your meeting to one main safety point, like eye safety or ladder safety. Choose something that is relevant to the work your employees are performing.
  3. Don't let the meeting drag on. Review the topic, ask if there are any questions regarding the topic, and then ask if there are any other specific safety concerns that need to be discussed. Keep the meeting no longer than 10 minutes.
  4. Make sure you document what was discussed, when and where the meeting took place, and who was in attendance.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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