Some aircrews try and spice up the safety briefing by adding a few quirks and jokes. But even these can become boring for regular flyers.
Most construction projects delegate the safety advisor to present the project induction. Often these are done as a ‘tick and flick’ exercise, which consists of reading a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ and signing the bottom of the piece of paper.
Site kickoff meetings should be more than only focussing on generic safety issues. They are an opportunity to welcome new workers, explain what they’ll be doing on the project, and give them an understanding of where they’ll be working and how they’ll fit into the contractor’s organisational structure. It’s an opportunity to discuss project rules, ensure new workers understand the quality requirements and know what’s expected of them, and of course, it’s vital to highlight specific safety issues that will be encountered on the project.
What to include in project kick-off meetingsI generally include the following in project inductions:
- a welcome from the project manager
- a brief overview of the project, which could include who the client is, a description of the overall project, the specific structures being constructed and the overall project duration
- the current status of the project, the milestones already achieved and milestones due in the near future
- specific problems encountered on the works, or that may be encountered
- if there are new employees, then a brief overview of the company
- the company values
- a section focussed on the workers themselves, which covers:
- work hours
- daily transport
- location of toilets, offices, stores and lunch room facilities
- project rest days (personnel are often focussed on their personal problems and questions, so once these are addressed they will be more focussed on the content of the rest of the induction)
- the overall project management structure, mentioning people by name and their individual responsibilities
- project specific rules such as:
- areas that personnel must not enter
- site access routes
- company disciplinary and grievance procedures, including which offences will result in workers being removed from the project or dismissed
- safety (this shouldn’t just be a discussion on general safety topics but should focus on the actual project specific safety rules and hazards)
- The location of emergency equipment and emergency evacuation routes and muster stations
- environmental issues which should include:
- site boundaries
- environmentally sensitive areas
- local fauna and flora that may be encountered
- procedures should local fauna be encountered
- disposing and segregating of waste
- actions in the event of an accidental spill of liquids that could cause pollution
- procedures to follow if a worker becomes ill or injured, either during work hours or after work
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