Whether you’re new to promoting a safety program within your department, or a seasoned veteran, adding a regular safety session to your shop/unit meetings is always a good idea.

When it comes to workplace safety, there is no better time to promote new ideas or reinforce safe working habits than in a first-line safety meeting.

Below are some general guidelines for conducting a safety session for your unit/shop.

If you need any help please do not hesitate to contact John Verdi – EHS Safety Officer, or your department representative on the FREAS Safety Committee. You should know who they are.

See the FREAS SharePoint page under Safety for more information on this topic and a list of all the Weekly Safety Messages issued this past year.

General Guidelines:

  • Notify your team/shop/unit that you will be holding a safety meeting including the date/time/location.
  • Decide on a subject/topic for the meeting or use one of the issued Weekly Safety Messages.
  • Prepare your information and/or handouts for the meeting. Use posters, photos or graphics if available.
  • Communicate a reminder as the day of the meeting nears. Invite another supervisor if possible.
  • Always start the meeting on-time.
  • All attendees should be able to see and hear what is being presented.
  • Present the information clearly.
  • Save time at the end for questions, comments and discussion.
  • End the meeting on time.  If someone has a difficult question, suggest a one-on-one meeting so that the rest of the attendees are not held up.
  • Follow-up with any reminders or questions/issues that could not be addressed in the meeting.
  • Ask for feedback on the meeting.
  • Do it again. Safety has no end.