Regular meetings raise safety awareness
Employees may occasionally grumble about regular safety meetings, but they are valuable for several reasons.
- They show that management is serious about safety, not just giving it lip service.
- They get employees involved in the safety process by increasing the number of eyes and brains engaged in safety.
- Employees develop a sense of “ownership” in the safety efforts. It also gives ‘early warning’ of unsafe conditions. Those employees made more aware of potential hazards may be more likely to work more carefully.
- Some insurance companies may offer discounts if you conduct regular safety meetings and can prove it with documentation. Check with your insurance company about such possible discounts.
Take ten minutes and discuss the proper use of a tool or a proper way to use a ladder or any piece of equipment that your operation uses. Remember to log your topic and attendees in your safety binder, so if you are ever audited by Labor & Industries, you can show that you are actively promoting safety in the workplace.
Remember that taking shortcuts on the job can lead to accidents and injuries. Please add safety in some way to your regular store meetings.
WRA employs Safety Specialist Rick Means who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.