“You want ME to lead the safety meeting?!” Turning Front-Line Employees into Safety Leaders

"You want ME to lead the safety meeting?!" Making Everyone Owners of Your Health and Safety Plan--Call to Action!There’s a maxim that we mentioned in another article in this series that goes like this: “No one disagrees with their own ideas.”  There we suggested that instead of telling them how to be safe on the job, if we ask them open-ended questions about how they plan to be safe–getting them to actively think through their own personal health and safety plan–they will take more ownership of their own safety and the safety of others.

Why?  Because it ends up being their idea to be safe, not ours.

But we can take that same principle to another level by distributing the responsibility for leading safety meetings to everyone on the team.  When you do that, you turn safety spectators into safety owners.

Tip 4 – Make “Safety-Meeting Leader” a Floating Role

So far we’ve covered three tips in this series on making safety meetings stick: (1) “lead it, don’t read it,” (2) “ask, don’t tell,” and (3) conduct roving safety meetings.  This fourth tip will cover one of the best ways to improve the “stickiness” of your safety meetings.

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Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.

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