Safety meetings are 10-15 minute on-the-job meetings held by supervisors to discuss safety and work-related accidents and illnesses with employees.
Why Have Them? Safety meetings can be used to address actual problems on the job or in the shop. The supervisor leading the meeting can draw on the experience of workers and use that experience to remind all employees – especially newer ones – of the dangers of working with particular kinds of machinery, tools, equipment, and materials.
Talk about work practices, machinery, tools, equipment, materials, attitudes, and anything else that may cause or contribute to a work-related accidents or illnesses. Keep the topic relevant. If you have punch presses, talk about punch press guarding. If you are building an apartment house, talk about lifelines and safety belts. Choose a topic you think needs safety review. If you notice that spills aren’t being cleaned up promptly, discuss it. If there has been an accident or a near-accident on the job, talk about it. What happened? Where did it happen? How can it be prevented from happening again? Encourage employees to suggest topics. They often know best what and where the dangers are.
How to Run a Good Meeting
Some common responses may be:
These excuses have been given countless times. After the accident has happened and someone has been killed or injured, the guard is replaced and strict rules are enforced to make sure the machine is never operated again without the guard. Of course, it’s too late for the victim. The purpose of meeting on this topic is to make sure rules are enforced before an accident can happen.
2. Defective Hand Tools