Safety training may not always capture your workers’ attention like it should. Nevertheless, it’s critical that safety training is effective and resonates with employees.
As a manager, it is your responsibility to ensure this happens. It’s not always an easy task making sure your employees are staying engaged and up-to-date with safety procedures. That’s why we recommend taking on different approaches.
Running out of ideas to create engagement? No problem. Our team of safety experts put together a list of things you can do to make your training sessions more engaging for your workers.
Use Visual Aids
Everyone has a slightly different working style, and some people work best with visual aids. Using charts or pictures, and even bringing equipment into a training event can help your team absorb information better.
Make the Training a Dialog
Inviting participation is an excellent way to keep people tuned in. Ask people why something presents a safety concern or what would be a good way to make something safer.
Give People the Opportunity to Ask Questions
One of the best ways to include key information is to give everyone the chance to ask questions. One person may have a really good question that will give everyone a better understanding of a training topic. Also, questions can clarify some of the more difficult subject matters that you’re covering, and assure that everyone is on the same page.
Ask everyone to silence their phones. Delegate responsibility to one person for responding to jobsite emergencies and let everyone else give the training their undivided attention.
Provide a Break Time
It can be difficult to pay attention to even the most engrossing subject matter for hours on end. Schedule a break every 90 minutes or so, so that people can regroup and give a training session the attention that it deserves.
Use Practical On-the-Job Scenarios
Talking about accident prevention in abstract terms may simply not register well with a lot of your team members. Talk to your team about specific tasks or even specific projects. Substantive examples will help them visualize what you’re trying to convey and put it into practice later.
Reinforce the Importance of Safety Training Topics in Your Regular Meetings
Your workers will value knowing that their safety is more important to you than anything else happening on a jobsite. Safety training shouldn’t be a sporadic type of meeting or something that people get oriented to during their on-boarding. Instead, safety training works best as a regular feature of your staff meetings. Even just reviewing topics that you’ve already covered in a brief synopsis at job meetings will help make the material stick.
Hire A Safety Training Company
Construction Safety Experts can help your company make training sessions more engaging and productive. Workers will be well-equipped to apply what they’ve learned in their day-to-day job duties. Contact us today for information on our safety talks or to tap into other existing resources we have available – call (919) 463-0669 or visit safety-xperts.com today!