How to Build Safety Operations Discussions

One of the most common mistakes made in meetings that focus on operations, production and maintenance is to treat safety as an add-on to the meeting rather than including safety operations in that meeting.  Usually this means there’s time allotted for a “safety moment” some time during the meeting to talk about safety issues. Now […]

Ask, Don’t Tell: Using Questions to Improve a Safety Meeting

The ultimate goal of a safety meeting is to communicate a message that raises safety awareness in the minds of your audience.  The problem , as we’ve already noted in the introduction video of this series, is that the majority of these meetings look more like one-way conversations.  You’ve delivered a message, but communication hasn’t […]

A Safety Meeting Must ENGAGE

Engagement can mean a lot of different things; but in the context of a safety meeting it means primarily that you’ve succeeded in creating a situation in which your audience is fully vested in the topic, views the topic as wholly relevant to them, gives undivided attention to you and your message, and actively participates […]

P.A.C.E. Your Safety Meeting

There are two seemingly contradictory principles that need to be true for any safety meeting to be effective:  Control and structure on the one hand, and openness and fluidity on the other.  If you can’t control the flow of the meeting, or if it’s too chaotic, you may never get to the points you need […]

It’s a Safety Meeting, Not a Reading!

Some are certainly better than others, but most are still pretty bad. I’m referring to a safety meeting and the way they’re conducted, in whatever shape they may take or in whatever venue they may be held. In most safety meetings I’ve attended—regardless of industry and regardless of whether they are monthly, general, stand down, […]