When safety talks are done properly, it could have a huge positive impact on the health and safety of the employees. They could help create an inspiring health and safety culture within the organization, and lessen the number of accidents and near misses. This is particularly crucial in the high risk construction industry.
The safety manager should have the communication skills to conduct an effective safety talk in order to get positive results. However, some site managers have only little presentation experience. To deliver a great safety talk, managers can take note of these simple tips.
Practice Makes Perfect
This is such a cliché, but this is always true. As a presenter, if you want to convey a topic well, you have to know the topic yourself. Reading from something will not keep the attention of the employees, so you have to get to know your presentation. You can read through it a couple of times; be familiar with the format of the meeting that you want to conduct. Practice first and the talk would go smoother.
Stay On Topic
Concentrate and try not to be distracted by other topics. Safety talks must focus on only one subject, and if there is another important topic that comes up during the meetings, but does not require immediate attention, you could use it a topic for the next safety talk. If it needs urgent attention, finish the safety talk and address that issue afterwards.
Indeed, you have to keep the attention of the audience with a short and direct-to-the-point safety talk, but that does not mean that you should hurry with what you are saying. Check how quickly you talk and try to keep it at a nice and steady pace.
Keep Everything Simple
As much as possible, avoid using jargon and make sure that your safety talks are easy to follow. You can break down the topic into key sections. For instance, have an introduction, provide key points, and then discuss important safety measures. Deliver the talk by using simple words and phrases and avoid technical language. If you need to use a technical term, explain to the group what it means. Consider inexperienced workers, especially the newly hired ones. Moreover, give considerations to those who do not use English as their first language.
Present In a Positive Manner
If you want the employees to be engaged and interested in what you need to say during safety talks, you should also be interested in it. Be enthusiastic during the discussion, focus on delivering a clear message, and get the employees to understand the significance of safety practices and good health in the workplace. Employees are likely to be engaged in a positive talk, and the safety talk must be all about positive outlook towards health and safety at the workplace.
Engage and Involve
All throughout the safety talk, make sure that you maintain sufficient eye contact, and that your voice is loud enough for everyone to hear. If the employees could not hear you and lose their interest, they would stop paying attention before you finish the talk.
Speak and Listen
Some of the most essential results from the safety talk would come from the feedback and questions you get from the employees. Communication is always a two-way process; it is therefore important to show interest in the ideas and questions of the employees. Show them that you value their feedback. Make sure that you give them enough opportunities to speak their minds and be heard.
After the safety talks, make sure that the employees understand what has been discussed. Instead of merely asking them whether they understood everything, ask questions about the topic and if necessary, go through different parts of the talk again.