Communication is Everything
I think most operators would agree that it's not a question as to whether or not to have regular safety meetings but rather, can you really afford not to. Without a consistent forum to communicate with your employees the likelihood of achieving your desired goals becomes almost impossible .
The following are some considerations that may assist you in maximizing the results when you introduce safety and health meetings to your organization:
- One of the most important steps to begin this process is to find a leader that will accept a position as the safety committee chairperson . He or she should have the proper background and experience to engage your employees .
- Keep your meetings short and to the point .
- Use visual aids whenever possible.
- Remember that the forum of the meeting should be geared as a discussion not a lecture.
- It is very important to have an agenda as well as a roll call for those attending.
- Before setting the meeting agenda, think about what " take away" messages you want for the employees.
- Often , employees do not want to be told what not to do but rather shown what the right thing to do is.
- Keep your meetings as positive as possible.
- Try to hold your meetings in a comfortable setting.
- If possible, allow attendees to present a topic and rotate them from meeting to meeting .
- Occasionally, it may make sense to invite a consultant or outside source to attend a meeting
- Take pictures or videos of people or processes that represent the way management wants it to look like. Pictures and videos at the site make it more personal than using generic photos etc.
- Encourage questions.
- Try to end the meeting on a high note, for example complementing somebody on a procedure that was well done.
Safety Coordinator Responsibilities
Safety Committee Guidelines
Safety Committee Responsibilities
Safety Meeting Agenda
Safety Meeting Roll Call Sheet
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Remember, a safe wash protects people and profits!!