Safety meetings are a key part of a Health and Safety Program.
Safety meetings can be formal or informal and cover a variety of topics.
Formal meetings are planned and announced in advance to provide groups of workers with information from industry safety alerts, training issues, regulations, procedures and hazard management.
Informal meetings are often referred to as “Tailgate” or “Toolbox” talks and are shorter in duration when covering a specific topic. These short safety meetings are very effective at relating safety to a specific job or task.
JSA’s (Job Safety Analysis) or JTA’s (Job Task Analysis) or JHA’s (Job Hazard Analysis) are specific step by step procedures designed to identify and eliminate any hazards associated with a task and should be reviewed regularly in safety meetings.
Safety meetings encourage safety awareness. When a group of workers get together, to discuss hazards and the steps they can take to eliminate them, it increases safety consciousness and personal ownership of their safety.
Safety meetings get workers actively involved thinking safety and encouraging them to come up with suggestions to minimize hazards. Feedback is necessary from the workers, to make sure any barriers to the communication are removed. To be effective, meetings require open ended questions to ensure workers understand.
Safety meetings should be used to motivate and encourage good behaviors.
Safety meetings can help pinpoint daily changes in hazards found during hazard hunts.
Safety meetings introduce workers to new safety rules, equipment and preventative practices.
Safety meetings provide vital information on accidents, incidents and near misses and create more safety dialogue and a better safety aptitude.
We encourage our CSI’s to participate in all meetings they attend.