At Brooks Painting we have safety payday meetings every other Friday. We do this for many reasons, but there are really 4 main reasons. The first is to make sure we train our guys on safety topics related to their jobs. The second is to make sure we stay compliant with OSHA laws and have a safety meeting every 10 business days. The third is to hand out pay checks, and the fourth is to have time with all our employees in one spot to talk about things going on within the company.
Safety meetings may be a foreign thing to a lot of people, but not to us. It takes time to think through and plan topics so they are not completely boring and are relevant to painting. Yes, this means coming up with 26 topics a year, from respirator fit testing to ladder safety. Many of the topics have to be repeated every year to keep in compliance with OSHA. So much about safety is common sense and that sometimes is the biggest problem. We get so caught up in our day to day routine; we forget about doing little things that are needed to stay safe. This is why it is critical to have safety meetings every 10 business days, so it stays at the forefront of our minds.
Why should a customer care about a painting company having a safety plan? I think it shows a lot about the company they are hiring. It shows they care about their employees enough to spend time & money training them to be safe. We spend at least $10,000 every year on safety training. It shows that the company follows the laws set by OSHA, and doesn’t cut corners. By not cutting corners in things the customer doesn’t see, means we won’t cut corners in things they can see.
Why is safety really important to us at Brooks Painting? The truth of the matter is I don’t want to live with regrets the rest of my life. If I had an employee get severely injured, lose a limb, or die, that would stay with me forever. Why risk the health and welfare of the people who work for me, it just simply isn’t worth it. Accidents do happen, even when you train, but with training the risks are greatly reduced.