Your safety meeting needs to be ABOUT something, so picking your topic is the first step in your plan.
How can you choose a topic? Here are some suggestions:
- Find out if your company has a plan for certain safety topics to be covered each year. Put these in your safety meeting schedule.
- Learn about any injury incidents and near misses in your work area. Plan a safety meeting on each of the hazards involved in these incidents. Make sure the hazard is removed as well.
- Check with the company’s safety manager and supervisors for suggestions of safety topics.
- Ask the joint health and safety committee for topic ideas.
- Ask your workers if they have safety concerns that indicate the need for more training.
- Consider the season. Winter driving hazards and summer heat illness are some good choices.
- If you are using safety meeting materials prepared by an outside source, choose the ones appropriate for your work area and your safety concerns.
- In any kind of workplace, be sure to cover the basic safety topics regularly. These include:
- Safe driving
- Electrical hazards
- Fire safety
- Machine guarding
- Chemical hazards
- Personal protective equipment
- Slips, trips and falls
- Avoiding violence