SERVPRO of Lynnwood Hosts Effective Safety Meetings
OSHA requires that every employer make safety and health a top priority and ensure a safe working environment. OSHA's job is to provide leadership and encouragement to employers to take that responsibility seriously and provide educational or awareness opportunities to employees so they know of their rights to a safe workplace. It is important that every employee receive proper and adequate training to ensure they are able to safely and competently perform their jobs. This also applies to temporary, part-time and contract employees. Regular safety meetings should be documented and attendance should be recorded.
Employers have a duty to protect workers from injury and illness on the job by developing and implementing a safety and health program. According to OSHA, there are five components that every effective safety program should have.
- Management Leadership and Employee Participation
- Workplace Analysis
- Hazard Prevention and Control
- Safety and Health Training and Education
- Program Evaluation
In high risk industries like construction and restoration repeat safety discussions can have a positive impact on good habits that start in the office and are carried out on each and every jobsite. At SERVPRO of Lynnwood we hold weekly safety meetings for our team to make sure they are following the best protocols while servicing commercial and residential customers. To have a successful safety meeting we always follow these steps;
- Let your employees, crews, and teams know that you will be holding a safety meeting or starting a safety meeting program.
- Decide on the theme, subject, or topic of the safety meeting.
- Prepare for the safety meeting- use demonstration, photos and props
- Send out a reminder of the safety meeting the day before the meeting is scheduled to be held.
- Present the information clearly, with expectations and save time for questions
Several common safety topics that we reiterate are;
- Respiratory Protection and proper PPE
- Distracted Driving
- Handling Power Tools Safely
- Temperature Extremes
- Working in Confined spaces and on Ladders
- Asbestos and Lead Protocols
- Proper hazard reporting and handling