In continuation of How to Conduct Effective Workplace Safety Training (Part 1), the following provides some additional tips on how managers and others can conduct workplace safety training that will be both informative and effective for employees. In addition to tailoring the discussion to the specific audience of the session, using visual aids and asking the session’s participants to share their own related experiences, those conducting workplace safety training sessions can also:
- Present concrete examples: One way to keep your audience members engaged in a safety training session and, as a result, increase the likelihood that they will take away useful knowledge from it is to present some examples of specific situations that could pose a safety risk and ask the employees how they should deal with that risk. The larger group can break off into smaller groups for this exercise and then report their suggestions back to the larger group at some later point in the session.
While this type of exercise keeps the audience engaged, it can also help connect the dots between your message and their day-to-day operations (i.e., how they will implement the safety information while working in their real-life environments).
- Consider taking the group to a real-life scene to perform a risk assessment: If possible, have the group observe a real-life scene taking place in their work environment, and then ask them to perform a risk assessment on that situation. If this is not possible because the group is too large, time is limited or there is not an immediate situation to observe, consider showing a video or clip of the group’s work environment that the audience can observe and perform a risk assessment on.
- End with action items: At the end of the workplace safety training session, make sure that the audience has a clear plan for how to implement the specific safety strategies discussed in the meeting, and ask them to help you devise some action items that they can keep in mind for the future. While an action item can be to generally improve safety and reduce workplace injuries, a more effective action item will be specific – such as “make sure safety data sheets are fixed to all chemical containers” or “all field workers should wear gloves when perform tasks A and B.”
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