Safety briefings are conducted in an organization to increase awareness of safety concerns associated with duties and responsibilities. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, safety briefings gather staff insight and create an environment that integrates safety into the daily work routine. Over the course of time, conducting regular safety briefings can develop a culture of safety within an organization.
IHI suggests that safety briefings must be nonpunitive and collect data that refer exclusively to safety concerns. Moreover, nonpunitive briefings allow the staff to discuss concerns in an open and nonjudgmental environment. Briefings are generally short and used to collect feedback from the staff. They also show that workplace safety is a priority and put safety in the forefront of workers' minds, notes workplace consultant Peter Mitchell.
According to IHI, briefings are an effective tool used to facilitate discussion about safety. More importantly, they can be designed for use by staff members on every shift without the assistance of management or a facilitator. Staff must be able to understand the briefing process easily and use the tool without help. Although safety briefings started in aviation and other industries, the tool has started expanding to include health care environments such as long-term care facilities and home-based health care programs.