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We’ve all had plenty of experience with safety meetings. We’ve
attended many, and some of us have led many. While some of these meetings have
been highly effective, many — maybe most — have not been effective at all.
recently completed a round of safety training sessions for a large industrial
company. I asked the supervisors, lead men, and safety coordinators in each
session to give me their best estimate of the percentage of safety meetings
they’ve experienced over the years that were, in their judgment, really
effective. Estimates ranged from a high of 75 percent down to five percent, with
the average response being well less than 50 percent.
This is troubling
news. This company in question is a benchmark organization with a good safety
record and a commitment to protecting its employees and anyone else on site.
Still, the overall perception was that the safety-dedicated, safety-focused,
“half-hour a week” training event did not even begin to accomplish its
I would wager employees in most other companies would respond
What’s the goal?
Whether meeting goals are identified
consciously or not, a safety meeting should activate safety awareness and safe
behavior on the part of every crew member. Meetings should encourage everyone
involved to watch out for and coach each other. For me, this is the core purpose
of a safety meeting.
But in a familiar worst-case scenario, a supervisor
simply reads a safety bulletin or an accident report from a regulatory body
database. Participants then sign a roster indicating they attended the meeting.
Then everyone gets back to work.
How can meetings be more effective?
The following seven
steps will enable leaders of safety meetings to get the most out of their
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