This week or next is the perfect time to remind workers about slip, trip and fall hazards and prevention in your workplace. One way to do this is to hold a safety talk. Supervisors are in the best position to deliver safety talks: they know the workers, understand the hazards and the law and recognize what needs to be done to prevent falls. Pre-planning the event to ensure the safety talk is impactful is crucial so here are some helpful hints.
Review hazards. Prepare for your safety talk by reviewing your risks and performance, including hazard and near miss reports. A fall on the same level may not create a lost-time injury or require a formal investigation nevertheless, today’s near miss could be tomorrow’s lost time.
Identify your message. Don't just talk about people falling. Instead, have a clear, prescriptive preventive message,. Give them something they can relate to. If falls from heights are the biggest risk, focus your safety talk on the proper use of a fall arrest system. If same level fall are the issues, your message might be, “Check the soles on your safety shoes to make sure they are not worn out.”
Make it relevant. Tying your message to a previous incident at your workplace is one way to grab workers’ attention. They know the person, the circumstances and the hazards, so they will make a connection between the incident and your message.
Decide where, when and how long. “Are you going to deliver an information piece or are you going to take people down on the floor and show them: ‘This is what the hazard is; this is how we deal with it; this is what you do to protect yourself.’” Gord says there’s no right or wrong way to hold a safety talk, but short talks (15 minutes) are ideal. To minimize productivity and scheduling challenges, hold talks right after lunch or break time when everyone’s together.
Work with your HSR of JHSC. Prior to safety talk do a a workplace walk-around. and identify any slip,trip and fall hazard.
Follow up. Check whether people remember the key points of your talk. Observe workplace performance. If you see that somebody slipped and fall but not hurt themselves, remind them about what was covered in the safety talk.
How WSG can help? Our Slips, Trips and Falls course has been completely overhauled to strengthen connection with important safety concepts. Your employees will learn to identify hazardous conditions and unsafe practices leading to slips, trips, and falls. Main points include prevention of incidents through good housekeeping, safe behaviors, and corrective actions. This course offers guidance on how to prevent injuries from slips, trips or falls. It provides participants with practical information, tips and examples to help them understand falls’ causation and taking appropriate preventive measures.
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