12 Workplace Safety Meeting Topics To Consider

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published April 20, 2021

Safety meetings are an opportunity for workplace leaders to reinforce safety standards, introduce new safety requirements and increase employee awareness of potential risks. A good safety meeting can solidify and clarify expectations for new and current employees. Typical safety meetings cover a wide range of topics, from general tips to more industry-specific safety requirements. In this article, we'll cover 12 workplace safety meeting topics to consider for your company.

What are workplace safety meetings?

Workplace safety meetings are briefings regarding safety measures specific to your team's daily tasks. Leaders usually hold safety meetings in the following situations:

  • During onboarding: To introduce new team members to safety standards and regulations, employers hold these meeting at the start of their employment.

  • Following a mistake: A mistake in building or workplace safety can result in a safety brief for review.

  • When standards change: Industry standards can change over time, causing employers to enact new rules to keep everyone safe.

Safety meetings take place in any industry, but these sectors are likely to have a heightened focus on workplace safety and may hold more meetings as a result:

  • Industry and manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Landscaping

  • Material handling

  • Maintenance

  • Security and policing

  • Firefighting

  • Public utilities

  • Trades

Workplace safety meeting topics

It's important to compile a diverse list of topics to include in your training modules to ensure you address all aspects of safety relevant to your workplace. Here are some workplace safety topics to consider including in your next meeting:

1. Building security

You can enhance building security by minimizing entry points for non-employees. Allowing only authorized employees into the building helps promote a culture of safety. A secure workplace usually meets the following criteria:

  • No unauthorized entry: This stipulates that only authorized employees can enter the building unless the visitor has a visitor's badge. Authorized visitors can include vendors and business partners. Specific employees have the ability to grant authorization to outside visitors.

  • Locked doors: The business's doors remain locked during regular business hours to prevent unauthorized entry. Employees use a key, keycard or code to gain entry.

Related: How to Become a Security Guard

2. Lifting heavy objects

Lifting heavy objects requires techniques that minimize muscle strain. It's also important to include "team lift" notices around the workplace to help ensure no one lifts an object that is too heavy. In your meeting, you can include discussions on how to properly lift heavy objects, when to ask for help and which tools employees can use to access things that are out of reach.

3. Reducing slips

Slips can be a risk for physical injury. It's beneficial to address the risks of slips in safety meetings to make employees aware of the severity of slips and falls. Consider encouraging situational awareness, specifically in regards to wet floors and other obstructions, to avoid falls at work. This can include:

  • Knowing how to identify wet floors

  • Using wet floor signs

  • Being aware of obstructions on the floor

You can encourage employees to wear specific footwear if their work area becomes wet as a side-effect of the job. Providing the right tools to clean up these messes and maintain clean work spaces are also a great ways to address this risk proactively.

4. Stacking

Improper stacking means putting objects on top of one another in a way that can cause the pile to topple over. You can discuss proper stacking methods in your safety briefs, as well as how to recognize a potentially compromised stack.

5. Equipment

Training employees on how to use company equipment properly can ensure that production proceeds uninterrupted. The more thorough the equipment training is, the better, as this both minimizes risk and improves employees' skills. This type of briefing can also include common troubleshooting tips for the equipment your workplace uses.

6. Stress and burnout

Burnout occurs when the employee feels unsatisfied and tired with their work, which can potentially lead to oversight or mistakes. It's important to include stress management in your safety training modules to help employees learn the signs of burnout. You can also address what the company offers employees to prevent burnout, such as mental health resources, PTO and more.

Related: 10 Ways To Show Professional Behavior in the Workplace

7. Heat exhaustion

In a setting where employees are exposed to high temperatures or the elements, it's important to educate them about heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These conditions arise from dehydration and excessive heat exposure. Consider offering a water cooler and giving employees who work in at-risk a chance to get away from the heat for a short amount of time. You can also train employees on the warning signs of heat exhaustion and stroke.

Related: 10 Workplace Safety Tips To Stay Productive and Protected

8. Fire safety

One of the most important workplace safety topics is fire safety. A good fire safety program can include information on:

  • Fire extinguisher locations

  • Fire alarm locations

  • Fire drills

  • Evacuation procedures

The more knowledge employees have on how to handle a fire emergency, the more prepared they'll be in the event of an actual emergency. Workplaces can host fire drills to encourage and demonstrate proper evacuation procedures in the event of a fire.

9. Reporting accidents

It's important to encourage employees to quickly and accurately report any accidents that may occur. It's advisable to encourage swift reporting of accidents and provide easily accessible safety equipment.

10. Teamwork

Encouraging good teamwork can help to prevent workplace accidents. This can include teamwork for lifting heavy objects, completing complex projects or taking on new responsibilities. Advise employees to communicate, and provide the right tools to enhance and facilitate good communication.

Read more: 6 Tips for Effective Teamwork

11. Lock out/tag out procedures

Operation industrial machinery requires proper locking and tagging when the machines are under maintenance or undergoing cleaning procedures. Discuss locking out machines and include a visible tag employees can use to identify said machine as being "locked out" until it's cleaned or repaired.

12. First aid

In the workplace, first aid knowledge can benefit employees at every level. CPR knowledge can potentially save lives, and even something as simple as knowing how to stop bleeding can be a great benefit to the team. Consider offering first aid courses, and let employees know where they can find the company's first aid kits, defibrillators and related equipment.

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