I was a motivational speaker for a safety conference where the group decided that the most important thing safety managers can do is provide regular safety talks.
These safety talks are designed to remind and inspire employees to be safe on the job.
Good motivational safety talks will be short and frequent. A safety talk will be from 5 to 15 minutes and should be considered at least once a week.
Like any good motivational speech, a safety talk should have an Opening, Body and Close:
Opening. Say what your going to say.
To start a safety talk, consider the audience. Why is this information important? What makes it new and relevant for them? Give the audience at least one compelling reason that they should pay attention -and remember that the average attention span is 9 seconds or less. Give a basic outline of what you are saying and what your speech objective is.
Body. Unravel the content.
As a guideline, here are some things to consider in your weekly safety motivational speeches:
Talk about any new safety initiatives, considerations, near misses, errors, etc.
Reinforce your corporate commitment to safety and regulatory safety procedures.
Identify unsafe conditions or near errors and misses. This section should bring out some analogies and stories to engage the group. The more on the job examples, the more interesting and relevant your safety speeches will be.
Remind people of resources available to them when they have safety concerns.
Include a discussion or safety Q & A before you wrap up your safety motivational speeches. It is always better to close a safety talk in a memorable way, not with tentative question and answer interaction. Do this before your close your talk.
Close. Include a Call to Action
A compelling close will specifically identify what you want people to do differently as a result of your motivational safety talk.
Some calls to action may be:
-Identify safety hazards in your immediate workplace
-Increase awareness of safety within your work division
-Promote safe work safe procedures to others