Who Needs Them
They act as the Culture of Re-education
It is not and should not be boring
• The content though, when packaged properly, is never
boring. After all, it keeps people safe, informs them,
offers them opportunities to make better decisions,
encourages them to choose to be accountable for their
actions and makes it possible for them to go home to
their families and play with their kids.
• There may be safety training, but there’s no safety
communication training in your company. Because of
that fact, safety presenters take their cues from every
bad safety presentation that has come before them.
The big three to success in presentation
• Content Over Schedule - If you've got an hour to fill and are simply
looking for some sort of presenter to fill that time slot, you should
ask yourself whether you're actually addressing the issue or merely
giving the illusion of addressing the issue.
• Make It Mean Something - Are you challenging your people to
internalize and talk about what they’ve just learned or are you
dumping information and moving on to the next dump session?
Give your meeting attendees five or so minutes to brainstorm
among themselves how they might use the information practically
Protect The Minds Of Your Attendees - In the same way you would
protect your employees from physical harm, you must protect
them from conflicting messages. Every presenters’ presentation
should be vetted before they get to the live stage.
You're Not Haphazard In Safety
• Safety may be all about preparedness but the
safety meetings don’t meet those same standards.
They do just enough to meet the legal
requirement and yet wonder why their people
have to be constantly policed into compliance.
• Throwing together a safety meeting at the last
minute does not inspire confidence from your
people. You preach against safety complacency,
but safety meetings are the result of that very
Treat Safety Meetings Like Business Meetings
• The safety meeting should be treated like any other
business meeting revolving around personal leadership
skills, team-building or performance. Empowering
people to choose safety for themselves is the surest
way to change a culture of safety within an
• It’s a meeting. It’s not a lecture. It’s not a one-way
broadcast. The safety meeting is about making sure
your people get the encouragement, inspiration and
motivation they need to help them make the decision
to embrace safety,
In truth! Planning a Safety Meeting
• Plan to hold a safety meeting at least once a month. On hazardous
or very complex sites meetings may need to occur more often
• Plan your meetings for a regular time on a specific day and time.
Sometimes you may need to hold a toolbox meeting right before
starting a specific task.
• Choose a safety topic for each meeting. Make sure you have
enough handouts for each member of the team/crew.
• Where possible, prepare a written agenda before the meeting.
• Place the safety them last on the agenda - make sure all the
business items are dealt with first.
• Invite members of your team/crew to handle specific parts of the
meeting. It helps everyone to become involved.
Conducting a Safety Meeting
• You may have to conduct the safety meeting on a worksite. Try to find a
place that is not too noisy or distracting.
• Have someone keep minutes of the meeting and distribute the minutes so
everyone can sign their name in ink, know what was discussed, what
actions were decided, and who is responsible for each action.
• Distribute information handouts and spend a couple of minutes
highlighting some of the more important points.
• Encourage members of the team/crew to comment on the information or
relate appropriate stories that will bring the importance of the subject to
• Don't let the meeting drag - 10 minutes is about right for the discussion
of the theme.
• Encourage each member of the team/crew to take the handouts home to
• Remember if it didn’t get a written record it
This is the best time to reinforce your procedures
by immediately correcting those employees who
are working unsafely, and let your employees
know you are sincere about your loss control
GET YOUR MONEY’S WORTH OUT OF YOUR
SAFETY MEETINGS BY TEACHING YOUR WORKERS
WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW AND THEN