Safety tip of the week
Some employers may wonder why staff safety meetings should be conducted on a regular basis.
In most cases, the state requires them, but there are several other good reasons to meet regularly with your employees to review safety procedures.
Safety meetings are a good way to demonstrate that management is serious about avoiding workplace injuries. Too many injuries increase workers’ comp insurance premiums for employers.
Regular meetings engage employees to suggest ideas on how to work more safely and help employees understand that they can play a direct role in improving a company’s safety record. By talking about it and opening meetings to input from employees, it’s possible to discover early warnings about potential hazards that need attention.
In 10 minutes, it’s possible to cover any one of a range of topics such as proper use of a tool, safe use of a ladder or other equipment in use at your company. Don’t forget to log your discussion topics and attendance in a computer or binder in order to prove your commitment to safety in case a Labor & Industries inspector pays a visit and asks for your record of safety meetings.
WRA’s Retro members receive Monthly Safety Packets, which are available here. If you need some help gaining access to the forms, contact WRA’s Safety Specialist Rick Means for help.
Safety meetings can and do raise awareness on how to improve safe work practices and avoid shortcuts that can lead to accidents and lost time. Employers should add safety meetings to their regular meeting rotation because a better safety record can improve overall productivity.
As Safety Specialist, Rick is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or email@example.com.