Starting the new year off right is very important when it comes to safety in the workplace. Many companies are coming back from their yearly shutdowns. Upon their return, have a start-up meeting reminding them about the importance of safety. Consider planning a company-wide meeting to see if there are any issues that need addressed.
Another recommendation is to set up safety themes each month. This helps the department heads to all be giving out the same topics. A few topics to consider are fall protection, slips, trips and falls, PPE, and hostile work environments.
By providing a general refresh of information and/or changes to policy and procedures, a safety meeting will bring employees up-to-date. By keeping safety talks at the forefront, employees will be more aware. They are likely to bring any potential safety issues to a supervisor’s attention.
Also, remember to check fire sprinkler systems. Having regularly scheduled fire and tornado drills keeps the employees educated on evacuation procedures.
Lastly, make the meetings conversational. Employees want to be heard and share with other workers. Show respect to your employees and they will show it back.
Safety first! Happy New Year! Let’s make 2019 a safe year for everyone.