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Resolution #6: Allow Your Employees to Participate in and Lead Safety Training

- October 16, 2017 by Leslie Stoll, CSP ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

Nothing makes for a more boring and ineffective safety meeting than having a supervisor read from a safety handout. At ICW Group, we provide a variety of safety talks to use during training, but using them effectively means using them as a resource – not as a script.

If you are trying to get your employees to participate more, here are a few ideas:>

  • Chose a topic that is very relevant to those employees because it is more likely to stir conversation.
  • Ask the employees to share examples of injuries or near misses they have heard or seen over the years about the topic you have chosen for the meeting.
  • Ask quiz questions. You can make up your own or use the RMRx Safety Advisor’s quizzes, just make sure the questions are relevant to your work.
  • Take a group walk to look for hazards related to your selected topic
  • If you are trying to get your employees to lead training, that can be a little more challenging but it’s not impossible. Here are a few tips:

    • Don’t ask your employees to take charge of the meeting, they should be your guest speaker. As the supervisor you need to facilitate.
    • Provide an incentive. This doesn’t have to be monetary, giving that employee verbal recognition or a small privilege can be incentive.
    • Acknowledge an employee’s leadership skills and safe behaviors to building their confidence; many employees don’t recognize themselves as leaders so they will never step up to their potential.
    • Identify the informal leaders at your facility and have a heart to heart with them about how important their participation could be to engaging the workforce.
    • Getting employee participation in safety meetings take effort and will take time. Remember, persistence will pay off.

       

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