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Have a moment? Why not make it a safety moment

Wed, 07/03/2019

We probably all do weekly or monthly safety meetings to discuss big-ticket items, lessons learned and ways to improve as a whole. But, what about smaller, day-by-day things that may pop up that can impact safety - like the weather or traffic? This is where a "safety moment" comes in.

A safety moment is a brief (~2 min) safety discussion about a particular subject at the start of a meeting or work shift. It can cover a variety of topics, emphasizing to employees, the importance of being safe at work, home and in all aspects of their lives. In a nutshell, safety moments are intended to provide practical reminders and awareness around safety.

For instance, at SayleGroup, some of our safety moments have included:

  • Current driving conditions - potholes, sun in eyes in morning, pedestrians, accidents
  • Calendar events - awareness months (e.g. mental health), safety events / conferences
  • Preparing for inclement weather - rainstorms, snowstorms, wildfires, hurricanes
  • General safety observations - slippery surfaces, expired equipment, nearby construction
  • General preparedness - smoke detector batteries, air in car tires and lug nuts torqued, emergency kits for power outages, injuries or car break-downs

It doesn't have to be complicated - simply something to get the ball rolling. You'll find that it is easy to build on initial ideas. It is a great way to get your workforce engaged and make them feel that their opinions are valued.

At the end of the day, everyone should be able to go to work, do their job well and get home safe.

So, if you are not currently doing safety moments or perhaps don't have a safety committee, getting started with safety moments can be the perfect way to enhance your Safety Culture.