Safety in a Toolbox - How to Increase Work Culture and Compliance
By Nathan Redelfs - Business Manager, Agent Clean Solutions
Running a business is often compared to a machine. It requires many parts working in tandem to find success. But having a successful business is also like cultivating a garden, especially when developing work culture or training employees.
What is work culture?
Work culture, simply put, is the culmination of ideas and values that make up your company, and how your employees feel about it. Seems vague? That’s because culture tends to be something inherent that we understand. When you think of American, what comes to mind? European culture? Mexican culture?
The same is true of work culture. It unifies your employees’ attitudes and motivation with your company’s goals, and develops unity and camaraderie amongst your team and helps eliminate toxic cliques and partiality.
Safety is also a top concern of successful businesses, especially those with employees. Every year, companies are sued by injured employees who claim negligence on the part of the employer for injuries sustained on the job. While not every instance can be covered, you can maintain safety training and documentation through the use of Toolbox Safety talks and videos.
What is Toolbox Safety?
Toolbox Safety, also known as Toolbox Talks are short 5-10 minute safety briefs on day-to-day safety procedures. They are used as short reminders of safety concepts that employees should have received during training.
Here’s how to get started:
1) Build a Safety Library
The first order of business is to develop a library of safety topics that can be rotated throughout the calendar year. Our service locations generally do one safety meeting per week, so having 52 toolbox talks ready will let you cycle through once a year.
The library should include short presentations and videos to help keep the attention of your employees. You can also use print outs, but having a visual aid is a benefit for employee meetings.
When developing topics, keep it simple. Breakdown complex lessons into a few smaller lessons. For example, vehicle procedure might be broken down into four lessons:
- Safe Driving
- Equipment Tie-down
- Fueling Safety
- Trailer Hitching
Again, lessons should take around 5-10 minutes, so keep them simple and condensed.
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