Safety meetings can be a powerful asset in your toolbox for a strong safety campaign. In trucking however, it’s difficult to get everyone in the same room during their off-hours. It’s even more challenging to create a curriculum that your drivers actually want to be a part of on their off day.
Your job in safety is create a meeting agenda that your drivers will want to attend because they know they’ll improve their craft by attending. Hint: PowerPoints and lectures aren’t going to cut it.
Holding effective safety meetings mostly comes down to your preparation, effort and attitude. The more prepared you are and the more effort you put into the meeting, the more effective it will be.
Preparation entails going over what the meeting will cover, getting materials and topics ready, setting up any necessary equipment and ensuring there is room for all those who will take part in the meeting.
The right attitude is also very important in conducting a safety meeting. Safety is a serious issue but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. People learn more when they’re having fun and engaged in the topic. Your employees look up to you to lead them and if you have the right attitude at these meetings, eventually so will they.
This will lead to an understanding between you and your employees that these meetings have a purpose. Your effort and enthusiasm will show your employees you care about their safety. In turn, they will put more effort into the meeting making it much more productive and effective.
There are many other elements that affect whether or not safety meetings are successful, but they all come down to the effort you put in, how prepared you are and having the right attitude. This may sound simple enough and in fact it is.
Below are some tips and a step-by-step guide that will assist you in holding safety meetings. Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on the process. You know your employees the best and can tailor each meeting to fit what they will respond to the best. This is just a guide to make sure all bases are covered.
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