Focus on People over Policy: Achieving Safety Excellence Through Better Safety Meetings

Focus on People Over Policy: Achieving Safety Excellence Through Better Safety Meetings | Call to Action!Here’s something you can be certain of. No one has ever been inspired to work safely or to follow safe work procedures simply because it’s the policy. Safety policies are necessary to set baseline expectations, and they can guard people against unsafe conditions if people follow them. But they are incapable of instilling an internal motivation in people to be safe on the job. That requires a focus on people over policy if the goal of our safety meetings is achieving safety excellence.

So far we’ve covered five 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, (4) make “safety meeting leader” a floating role, and (5) use props and visual aids to reinforce your points. There’s one more tip we want to address to help improve our toolbox meeting effectiveness.

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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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