Most workplaces are required by law to provide appropriate on the job safety training. However, safety talks shouldn't be a one shot deal, because as time goes by safety may begin to be seen as 'a given,' and not remain a job priority. In the rush to get tasks done at work, mistakes happen. People are careless and accidents occur that can have huge consequences - personal and professional, individual and corporate consequences.
Regular informal safety motivational talks and speeches allow leaders to remind employees of important safety issues and the company's commitment to safety. Raising awareness of safety so that it is second nature requires regular reminders with brief question and answer periods.
Many organizations don't have a full time safety professional on staff so safety becomes the duty of everyone on staff. When I was a motivational speaker for a healthcare safety conference last year, we walked through a facility and the manager pointed out areas where they had improved safety procedures. He indicated that in their facility safety is always top of mind for all employees and they regularly quiz employees on safe work procedures.
The other motivational speaker for the healthcare safety conference stated several times that shortcuts cut life short in one of his motivational safety speeches. He continued to show many scary examples of how people have lost their limbs and sometimes their lives from making careless decisions on the job.
Like the motivational speaker suggested, safety talks can be more effective if they are not highly technical but informal, and remind employees of specific hazards that they will face. Motivational safety speeches can be 5 to 15 minutes long and their goal is to inform and inspire employees of potential safety incidents on the job.
Do you have Motivational Safety Talks on your weekly Agenda?