Topics for safety meetings can range from environmental allergens, lifting, ladder safety, or preventing eyestrain, to topics including earthquake preparedness, what to do during a tornado, and evacuation procedures in case of flooding. Topics should be selected based on the risks inherent to the working environment and its location.
Management can select safety meeting topics or work with an appointed employee safety committee to select topics that address employee concerns. These concerns may range from what to do in case an active shooter is in the workplace, to avoiding the flu, to changing copier or laser printer toner. Safety meeting goals may include making employees aware of risks, reducing or preventing accidents, and ensuring that employees and managers understand the safety concerns specific to the work environment and location.
It is important to select topics that are appropriate to the group and to the environment. Presentations should include practical examples and scenarios to engage the group in discussions, problem-solving, or even role-playing. Hands-on workshops such as how to use fire extinguishers, first aid, or earthquake drills are great ways to actively engage employees in safety training and to reduce risks and minimize the impact of workplace accidents, fires or natural disasters.