It is essential to regularly conduct safety talks in the workplace to remind employees of the importance of following the company’s rules and regulations. This will also help both the company and the employees minimize the occurrence of accidents.
Safety talks are usually done before the start of work and can last for 10-15 minutes. The main purpose is to discuss how certain tools are used in a safe and efficient manner.
However, some companies even hire motivational safety speakers to do this job. This is to ensure that all employees are oriented on the importance of creating and maintaining a safe workplace for everyone.
Things to Consider When Preparing for a Safety Talk
The best way to keep the employees engaged is to make the safety talk as short as possible. Focus on the topic you want to discuss for that particular session and make it informative. Drag the talk to more than 30 minutes and you may lose the interest of the employees. It is best to cover everything in 10-15 minutes.
Safety talks conducted by a company for the entire employees which involves safety speakers may take more than 30 minutes. However, these speakers may provide a more general kind of safety talk.
There are several topics that can be discussed in safety talks. Below are some of these ideas:
1. Tool and Equipment Safety. Through regular safety talk, you can discuss the safe usage of one tool each session. Make sure though, that every tool is thoroughly explained to all employees. Although these employees have been trained to handle these pieces of equipment, it does not hurt to reiterate the importance of safety precautions.
2. Eye Protection. There are certain tasks that can be damaging to the eye. Sometimes, the effect may not be immediate. As time passes, serious eye complications might be developed if safety precautions and eye protection are not discussed to the workers. It is important to discuss hazards in the workplace, as well as strictly implement the use of goggles within the site.
3. Weather-Related Precaution. There are jobs that involve working in extreme weather conditions such as cold. Instead of having workers developed injuries, it is wiser to prevent this from happening by constantly reminding them of the importance of proper clothing to prevent frostbite and muscle strain.
4. Computer-related injuries. One of the common injuries in the office is carpal tunnel. Having a regular recap of proper posture in front of the computer can mitigate the development of carpal tunnel. It is also helpful to give the employees tips on using the computer mouse effectively to keep it from having carpal tunnel.
5. Importance of Lock-out Tag-out. Depending on the nature of the business, lock-out tag-out can be very crucial to both authorized and potentially-affected employees. Both sides should be thoroughly educated on the procedures for lock-out tag-out. All updates and changes must be communicated to everyone concerned.
Speaker’s Firsthand Experience
There are two ways to do this. One is to bring someone who has been through an injury due to negligence. A lot of employees will gladly listen to a firsthand story on how accidents can be minimized if only safety precautions are followed. Not only will it be inspirational, it will also be a source of realization to employees who disregard the possibility of mishaps in the workplace.
Another way to bring firsthand experience is to invite professional speakers with expertise on first aid and workplace safety protection. It can be a learning ground for the employees to hear the basics of first aid. At the same time, professional speakers are well-experienced in putting the message out there for everyone to listen. Although it can cost a lot, certain companies still prefer to have professional speakers because they impart knowledge, actual experience, give motivation, and keep the talk engaging.
Your safety talk message can be summarized through different safety slogans or quotes. Never leave the audience without imparting a certain quote they can bring and apply every day. One of these quotes is “Safety First is Safety Always.”
Before ending safety talks, make sure that the audience knows the essence of such discussions – and that is to always besafe.