Presenting an informative and interesting safety topic at weekly, monthly or quarterly safety meetings is a challenge. You may hold a safety meeting in different types of settings like a corporate office, retail store, construction site, professional organisation or educational facility. The key to having a safety meeting with a successful topic is ensuring your presentation is appropriate for the audience, giving them useful information, and making sure the information is relevant to the topic you are addressing.
Safety topics are educational tools to help you create safety awareness, highlight specific safety issues, promote prevention techniques and prepare your audience for emergency situations. Safety is important. You can never underestimate the value of being prepared for various safety and emergency situations.
Types of Safety Meetings
There are formal safety meetings that are planned and scheduled. These meetings may be held once a month or once a quarter depending on your safety program, or may be a one-time formal event to cover safety standards, procedures or general information. Or is this meeting in response to a crisis, perhaps serious injury that could have been mitigated or avoided by more correctly followed safety procedures? Tailgate meetings are short informal meetings, covering a specific topic.
Selecting a Topic
Give some thought to what subjects you want presented and discussed. Is there any threat to safety confronting your industry or community? Who is your audience? What topic is relevant to the environment or situation? Do you need an expert speaker in the safety aspect you plan to present? Once you have determined the audience and what is relevant, do some research and look for safety topic ideas online or in the library. Make your selection and gather supporting documentation. Narrow the topic, and give the attendees added information of value that they can take away with them.
Popular Safety Meeting Topics
Popular safety meeting topics you can consider include workplace safety: hazards on the job; health safety: flu; first aid: choking or fainting; seasonal tips: winter or summer safety tips; home or workplace fire safety; weather safety: hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. Security issues, how to handle disgruntled workers, eye protection, forklift safety, driving safety tips when using a company vehicle, and hazards in the immediate work area are work-related topics worthy of discussion. National or local emergency situations are worthy topics with groups in your work or home life. See References below for Free Safety Topics.
Instil interest with handouts including possibly literature in the form of pamphlets. A small first aid kit or short videos add a nice touch. Additionally, consider having expert speakers like members of the fire brigade or rescue squad present a topic, and use demonstrations to get the audience involved. If having a speaker interests you, contact speaker bureaus that will give you the topics, contents of the presentation and a video to view what's planned.
Tips for Safety Meetings
Advertise your meeting. Make sure what you advertise is what you cover. There is nothing like going to a meeting and thinking you are there for one reason, only to learn it is not what you thought it was going to be at all.
Make sure the location is easy to get to and the room you have will accommodate the number of people you are expecting. Make handouts easily accessible to the audience by having them displayed on a table as they enter the room. Set out a sign-in sheet to gather names and addresses for your next safety meeting. Keep the presentation interactive, leave enough time for questions at the end of the presentation or during the presentation. The meeting or presentation shouldn't be too long, a half hour of presentation or meeting, a question and answer period, and/or a demonstration is adequate. Give a contact name and number in case someone wants to follow up with you on information provided.