Does your company do safety moments? If so, what do you consider to be an effective safety moment? It’s an interesting question, and one that I took a bit for granted until yesterday. Whether it’s at the start of a meeting, a shift, or a conference call, we’ve all likely taken part in some form of a safety moment, where someone briefly talks about a specific topic related to safety. I’ve heard people do safety moments in many different ways, with varying degrees of relevance to the actual work environment, but they all bring us back to the importance of safety in some way.
While it’s always good to focus on safety each day, I wonder how effective and impactful our typical safety moments are. Recently while conducting a safety leadership coaching session with a supervisor at a manufacturing plant, he mentioned that his team does daily safety moments. In our workshop earlier that day, we had discussed the importance of being people-focused and engaging employees on a personal level. After reflecting on that, he shared with me that although his team does safety moments every day, they are hardly ever ‘personal.’ He and his team lead always cover a safety topic that is relevant to the work they are doing that day and the associated hazards. As I listened to some of his examples, I heard all of the typical things that I would expect: