Whether your safety program is brand new or fairly established, adding regular safety meetings is always a good idea. When it comes to workplace safety, there is no better time to promote new ideas or reinforce safe working habits than in a safety meeting.
The “safety department” may look very different from company to company. It may simply be the business owner trying to do their best with their small team or the additional responsibility of safety may have been delegated to an already overworked HR manager. Maybe there is one person who is responsible for project management, quality and safety (and anything else that comes up) or maybe the site supervisor or job foreman also knows they have to add in safety measures where they can on the job. As any company grows, there could be the opportunity to add a full-time safety manager, safety director or safety team to support the needs of the business and that’s when things can get exciting, but until then our goal is to help make sure you’ve got safety covered with whatever resources you have right now.
As any safety program is getting started, it is often personnel within the company who are very competent and highly skilled in their industry that have the job of implementing the safety program but OSHA safety standards and requirements may be new to them. Taking time out of their already busy schedules to work on the safety program often poses unexpected challenges. We recognize that is very often the case. To answer an often-asked question, we have put together our step-by-step guide to hosting a safety meeting.
This report provides the basics to hosting a safety meeting, in an easy-to-follow format. If safety meetings are new to your company, or you have new personnel hosting your toolbox talks, this is a must read article
Safety Meetings 101
For more ideas on preparing for and holding safety meetings check out 4 Simple Steps to Effective Safety Meetings and don't forget to browse our blog for other excellent articles on improving your safety program.