Safety Moments: What They Are and What Makes Them Successful
Safety moments are brief meetings usually conducted at the start or end of the day or week about safety-related topics relevant to the tasks to be completed or incidents encountered during the day or week. They involve workers, supervisors, members of management and on-site safety officers. They are also used to give quick reminders concerning safety procedures, policies, and protocols of the workplace, or review a general area of concern.
These frequent stand-up meetings are especially used in workplaces, such as construction, chemicals, nuclear, and industrial work sites, where the risks of injuries or deaths are high. They’re usually more informal than safety presentations or training sessions and follow no precise formula. They can cover relevant safety regulations or present need-to-know facts. They can also be practical and hands-on.
Safety Moment Topics
A safety moment could be on anything from incidents that should be revisited, hazards faced by your workers, or new regulations that need to be communicated. They should be relevant to the workers and brief to be effective (3 to 5 minutes including comments, questions, and discussions).
What Makes Safety Moments Successful
The success of your safety moments depends on a number of factors. Below is a list of four major components of successful safety moments, not in any particular order:
Demonstrating a Commitment to Safety
Safety moments are a great tool to establish and strengthen the workplace’s safety culture. They provide useful safety-related information and at the same time demonstrate the speaker’s commitment to safety. Encourage your workforce to always use products that have been tested and approved to be safe. When purchasing different pieces of equipment for your workforce and the workplace, it’s important to look for CE marked fabrications to ensure maximum safety and compliance with relevant EU and UK health and safety guidelines and directives.
Encouraging Personal Stories
You can deliver information to your workforce through different means. You may introduce discussions of safety policies and procedures or involve sharing of personal experiences and extract relevant lessons from them. Allowing for personal stories can help make safety moments more memorable by giving a narrative that the audience can identify with and will be in a better position to get the lesson from a story than when presented in the abstract.
Safety moments are a springboard for further discussions. You should focus on creating a dialogue with your team, instead of simply lecturing to them. This is vital to help them retain most, if not all, of the information learned and also strengthen their commitment to act accordingly. It encourages the employees to bring up concerns and questions they might not otherwise have asked or discussed. Open dialogues also help discourage blame games and discrimination among the team members and help them take workplace safety seriously.
Safety moments are intended to bring out some action on the part of the workers. A good safety moment should always give the workers an actionable takeaway. It could be to encourage them to always ensure the first aid kits are properly stocked, pay more attention to the surroundings while walking or working, or to perform regular inspections of equipment and fall arrest systems.