If you are invited to make safety talks, then make sure to know the main objectives of the presentation. Usually this kind of talk takes only around ten minutes, so making sure that you get your message across is important. Your focus is to help workers recognize the hazards of their jobs, the importance of keeping the workplace safe, and the need to master strategies for mitigating risks.
It is your responsibility to deliver a clear, concise, and interesting presentation of topic assigned to you. If you know the subject matter well, your talk will be easier to deliver. If it is somewhat new to you, then you have to do some research and make an outline to ensure the success of your presentation. If you are given the chance to choose your topic, pick one that is relevant to the needs of workers. You can also choose topics based on the present issues affecting the workers’ welfare, like the need for heating equipment during cold season or equipment-related risks that affect them.
To make your presentation more impressive, use tools like pictures or short videos to emphasize important points. Deliver your talk clearly and with impact. Introduce your topic with statistics of accidents or real-life cases that will quickly grab their attention. Here’s another option – if you are allowed to deliver your safety talk at the workplace and you’re near the tools you are discussing, you could go for a hands-on presentation. Remember, you should do everything to start the discussion with the audience listening attentively.
Once the intro is out of the way, let the workers know the importance of your topic in their daily tasks. Make your materials interesting by sharing new ideas and techniques that can make safety seem much more important. You can initiate a brief drill to make them more eager about listening to the rest of your safety talks. It’d also help to ask them about the subject matter to evaluate their knowledge and familiarity with the rules, procedures, or tools they use in the workplace.
An active flow of discussion will build better rapport between you and the workers, making them more receptive to what you are saying. Answer their questions to the best of your knowledge and never give false assumptions. You can also ask them to demonstrate what they learned from your talk. Take note of the pertinent ideas or comments, as every bit of information can be useful in planning your next safety talks.
Finally, give practical tips that workers can follow to make safety a priority in the workplace. Encourage them to maintain good housekeeping by pointing out the perks of keeping the place safe and clean. To help you with that, here are a few common examples that should apply to any industry – dust accumulation is minimized, accidents and risks are kept at a minimum, and stress that’s due to cluttered surroundings never becomes an issue. Also, remind them to report minor problems at once to their department heads or immediate supervisors to avoid more serious setbacks in the long run.
At the end of your safety talks, sincerely give your thanks to your audience. Encourage them to keep in touch if they need further information. You can also give handouts or brochures that can give them more knowledge about occupational safety and at the same time, serve as reminders. Of course, you should not forget about those who invited you to speak in the first place. Aside from showing your appreciation, make it clear that you’re more than eager to talk on their behalf anytime.