As Elon Musk once said, “The workplace issue that comes before any other is safety. If you do not have your health, then nothing else matters...our goal is simple: to have as close to zero injuries as possible” (Forbes, March 2019). Like Elon, many other successful business owners share a common goal of having a safe and injury-free workplace. Not only is safety important for business success, it’s well known that documented and recurring safety meetings are an OSHA requirement for blue collar industries. So why is it that so many contractors understand the importance of safety, yet still fail to implement consistent and recurring tailgate safety meetings? Unfortunately, while the importance of safety training is widely understood, many business owners and executives grapple with the lost productivity associated with hosting inefficient, time-consuming meetings. “When we schedule safety meetings, which is admittedly far less frequent than OSHA requires, we are challenged. Our safety meetings are often held in disarray, run too long, and are far from effective. Let’s face it, we’re in the business of building homes and making money! We’re not in the business of planning thoughtful, entertaining safety meetings. This is an undertaking we’d prefer to outsource.” -Private Contractor in San Jose, CA. Safety Team Technologies, out of San Jose, CA has developed an innovative solution to solve the frustrating safety meeting problem too many contractors struggle with. Eric Wick, Founder of Safety Team Technologies said, “To truly automate the entire safety meeting program for a company, there are three primary functions that need to be considered. For an automated solution to really work, you need to take the burden of spending time on safety training away from the business owner or executive team. These individuals understandably prefer to focus on generating revenue and growing their company.” What are the three primary functions needed for safety meeting automation? “Firstly, you must automate the scheduling of all safety meetings. A schedule must be preset and employees must be automatically notified via text message on the morning of every scheduled meeting. Using our mobile app, employees are given a 48-hour window to watch a scheduled video, sign their name on screen, then take a short, gamified quiz with an employee leaderboard. The length of our average safety video is only five minutes but go as long as fifteen minutes for important topics. Second, the presentation of relevant safety topics and effective training content for the meetings must be automated. Safety Team mobile app streams high quality, full motion, OSHA approved safety videos that cover relevant safety topics for many specific construction trades. Lastly, the third and final function we automated is proper OSHA documentation of attendance records. Our app will auto-generate attendance forms after each meeting window and store those records in your online account in case you need them during an OSHA audit. OSHA wants to see that licensed contractors are hosting tailgate safety meetings every ten business days, and at every jobsite. According to Wick, Safety Team mobile app automatically schedules streaming videos that play in this every ten-business day frequency. Also, Safety Team’s client admin users can add as many jobsite locations as they need to. This way, when employees open the app, the employee only needs to select which jobsite they are at, then press play to watch the scheduled safety video. Attendance records for each meeting will auto populate information such as safety topic covered, employee name, employee signature, electronic timestamp, language trained in (English or Spanish) and jobsite location. Employees also are prompted to take a short quiz after each meeting. Points are awarded to employees for correct answers and a leaderboard populates which encourages competition and recognition by company executives. While our app allows company leaders to spend less time worrying about safety meetings, those leaders still need to demonstrate top down support for their field employees. New users can try Safety Team at a 20% discount for a limited time. Simply enter discount code DIVE20 to receive the annual discount when enrolling in our online web portal. For more information on Safety Team, or to Sign Up, visit the Safety Team website at oursafetyteam.com. For media inquiries, please contact Eric at [email protected]
About Safety Team Technologies:
Safety Team was started by a group of risk management professionals and blue-collar business owners who are passionate about safety. The Safety Team mission is to make safety training accessible and affordable for any company in the United States that lacks the ability to efficiently and effectively schedule, host, and document their recurring tailgate safety meetings. Enrollment starts by visiting our website, then clicking “Sign Up” to get routed to our Web Portal. After enrolling, you are prompted to enter employee information using a downloadable template. Executive users can assign multiple other admin users and enter jobsite locations. Lastly, click the calendar tab and schedule your first safety meeting. Your employees will each instantly receive customized SMS text messages notifying them to download our free safety team app in the iOS or Google Play app stores.