One of the most effective ways to promote a safe working environment is for employees to get involved in company-wide safety meetings.
Since safety is typically the top priority, it’s vital you get your employees to understand the value in company safety meetings.
Scheduling informal, brief company-wide safety meetings permit employees the opportunity to stay up-to-date on potential workplace hazards and safety practices. For example, you can review safety requirements such as machinery and equipment use, tool handling and anything that could contribute to accidents or illnesses. This will help develop employees with safety-minded attitudes, making your workplace a much safer place.
How to Prepare Employees for Safety Meetings
- Advise employees that attendance at safety meetings is mandatory.
- Inform everyone of meeting dates so they can plan accordingly.
- Always have employees sign a safety meeting attendance log; record-keeping is an important part of having a viable safety and compliance program.
- Ask employees for recommendations. Some of the best safety ideas come from workers because they know where the dangers are.
- During safety meetings, encourage employees to raise issues or offer suggestions and feedback.
As an Employee, You Are Responsible Too!
You should take your well-being at work seriously and participate in all things health and safety-related. You should feel encouraged to ask questions, give feedback and make suggestions. If there’s a health and safety topic you think would benefit the company and your co-workers, let your manager know so it can be discussed at a future meeting. Also, if you notice a hazard that could potentially cause harm, report it to a manager or take the necessary steps to remedy the problem so everyone stays safe.