Profit Sheet – Cost Reduction Guide

Safety meetings are your time to instill into your employees the knowledge they need to do their job safely, as well as the importance YOU place on safety.

Observation Solution
1. Claims or accidents Managers and employees focus on importance of safety and enforce safe practices.
2. Safety inconsistent among stores Managers are held accountable.
3. Employees not working safely Proper training and safety enforcement.


  1. Claims or accidents:
    1. Never stop having safety meetings.
    2. Rotate members of safety committees. Ensure crew members are represented.
    3. Document all meetings. Learn what is effective, and build on those items.
    4. Perform inspections prior to meetings. Focus on both unsafe work practices, and unsafe conditions. Unsafe work practices can be:
      1. Failure to clean floors according to schedule and proper procedure
      2. Failing to use proper personal protective equipment
      3. Using improper lifting procedures
    5. Unsafe conditions include:
      1. Congested aisles
      2. Faulty electrical equipment
      3. Poor housekeeping
  2. Safety inconsistent among stores:
    1. Hold managers accountable for the safety of their employees, and performance.
    2. Build safety into a manager’s annual review. This can be done on number of incidents, safety performance (such as wearing proper shoes), return to work, or store inspections.
    3. Create an incentive program for Best Store, Best Shift, Best Team, etc. Incentives can be loss based, performance based, or various combinations
  3. Employees do not work safely:
    1. Set absolute policies on safety – for example, a ‘No Shoes, No Work’ policy (on wearing slip resistant shoes) is essential. This should extend to all other aspects of safety.
    2. Watch the Safety and Security e-learning course at the first team meeting. Those joining the team after the initial meeting should review the information before attending their first meeting
    3. Hold meetings once a month
    4. The meeting should follow an organized agenda established by the team leader
    5. Keep the meetings focused and short, approximately 20 to 30 minutes long.
    6. Employees and managers should be held accountable for work performance.


Resources from Profiting From Safety –

Making Safety Meetings Work

Establishing a Safety Culture

QUICK PRINT: Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Promoting Managerial Accountability