Safety meetings are discussions with employees about safety issues within an organisation. The purpose of these meetings is to keep workers informed about workplace hazards and work-related accidents/illnesses.
What constitutes a productive work health and safety meeting? An efficient safety meeting is the best way to get information to all employees and there are various steps that should be followed achieve this. However, many times organisations make the mistake of perceiving ineffective meetings as being effective.
This can lead to an increase of health and safety risks within the work environment. Not only can this cost a company financially due to fines and compensations, but also the rate and quality of production can suffer.
As such, it is important and in your business’s best interest to ensure that the safety meetings work.
So, what can you do to get the most out of the time, energy and money you invest in safety meetings and training?
Safety training and meeting recommendations:
- Prepare adequately and choose a relevant topic.
- Carefully time your meetings. Start on time, end on time.
- Provide handouts on the meeting topic.
- Give employees an opportunity to ask questions and air their views.
- Follow up on employees’ concerns.
Why are safety meetings important?
Constant reminders will help prevent recklessness and the kind of sloppiness that can compromise health and safety in a workplace. The meetings are a great refresher and keep all parties informed of the changes in legislations, safety procedures and job responsibilities.
At Recovery Partners, we provide our clients with a wide selection of modern training resources designed to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible. Our team of WHS specialists will help you see to it that your safety meetings are productive.
We have also recently introduced an online safety software so you can manage your WHS requirements from your phone, tablet or laptop. Find out more here.
We are available in multiple locations across Australia. If you are interested, you can enquire online here.
Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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