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Why Conduct Regular Safety Meetings?

Why does the International Window Cleaning Association recommend conducting safety meetings on a regular basis with your management and employees?

The main purpose is to stop you, your co-workers, and employees from being injured. Safety meetings are an opportunity for management and your safety department to communicate to employees how they can do their jobs safer and better. Topics discussed in safety meetings may be topics that you are familiar with, or topics that you have limited knowledge about. The International Window Cleaning Association Tool Box Talks are an easy way for you as a small business owner to protect your business and investment. Employers in the window cleaning industry, specifically, can benefit from having a safety meeting on a weekly basis. Short safety meetings should refresh workers on issues they face often. In addition, safety risks and issues should be addressed when changes occur that involve a work environment, a new work site, or the equipment used on a job. Safety meetings, also called Tool Box Talks can protect you as an owner, your small business, and protect your employees.

Here are a few reasons why you need documented weekly safety trainings inside your office and why the IWCA’s Tool Box Talks are an easy way to make this happen.

Protection from OSHA Fines and Audits
Staying up to date on any new OSHA ruling changes and amendments
Encourages safety awareness
Protecting your employees from unsafe conditions, injuries, or even deaths
Builds a cooperative climate by providing employees with the opportunity to contribute ideas, and to make suggestions that may improve quality, productivity, morale, and safety.
Teaching employees how to properly use equipment
Lower General Liability and Workers Compensation Costs
Helps to avoid complacency in employees with constant and sometimes new information
Demonstrates to your staff that your number one concern is for their well being

Tool Box Talks are sent out by IWCA member email every Tuesday at 3pm EST. By the end of the year, there will be 58 Tool Box Talks total available to IWCA Members ranging from OSHA laws, ground level cleaning, high rise cleaning, to working as a team. Access the Tool Box Talks by visiting the website at www.IWCA.org and clicking on "IWCA Store". Weekly Toolbox Talks are free to members!

Have questions? Contact IWCA at info@iwca.org or call (800) 875-4922.

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