Earthquake preparedness, evacuation procedures, back injury prevention and distracted driving are common safety meeting topics. Select topics relating to recent injuries or incidents and focus on hazards common to the work or its location. Whether topics are reviewed briefly or in-depth, allow time for discussion and practice.
Key to earthquake preparedness is practicing drop, cover and hold, as advised by the American Red Cross. Discussing items that belong in an employee's personal emergency kit, such as bottled water, tennis shoes and granola bars, is another way to engage employees and encourage preparedness not only at work but also at home.
Evacuation plans, including notification procedures, review of exit routes and check-in points following an evacuation, are essential safety topics. Distracted driving is a significant safety issue that goes beyond cell phone use to include fatigue, prescription drugs that effect driving and eating or drinking while driving. Teaching employees how to lift and carry items safely is a key factor in back injury prevention. Related topics include avoiding back strain when driving or when a job requires long periods of sitting or standing.
Asking employees to conduct a job hazard analysis of their positions encourages personal investment in safety and leads to the identification of pertinent safety meeting topics.