Safety programs are at their best when employees are active participants, asking questions and volunteering good information. Getting them on board with safety and participating in presentations doesn’t happen automatically.
Try these three ways to get your employees to take a more active role your safety sessions:
- Keep the conversation going. When employees have questions or suggestions, address them right away. They say, “I’m glad you brought this up. Let’s address it at our next safety meeting, too.”
- Ask for help. Approach workers before presentations. Tell them the topic you’ll be addressing in your next training session, and ask for their input or expertise on what you have so far. This shows you value their participation.
- Find out what they aren’t saying. Employees aren’t always comfortable speaking up. Observe behaviors to figure out which tasks they’re least comfortable with. These are the ones they’re likely to talk about in meetings.
Supervisors Safety Bulletin, April 2012.
Discuss accident prevention with your staff using the resources available in the Safety & Risk Management section of Rental U. All Rental U videos are available for immediate viewing 24/7. Additional titles, including Office Safety, are available through the ARA Lending Library, an ARA Member only resource. Members can borrow three Lending Library items for 30 days. Click here to visit the library.
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