The Champion

Sending the Right Safety Message to New Employees


Caution Wet FloorYour safety orientation program and the importance you give to safety generally say a lot about the importance of safety in your workplace. And remember—even if they don’t say so, the majority of new employees are deeply concerned about their safety on the job.

A study from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago reported that 85 percent of American workers rank job safety as a number-one priority.

Consider the ways you show new hires how important safety is in your workplace. For example:


  • Does top management play a visible role in workplace safety, supporting and facilitating safety programs and initiatives?
  • Does your organization integrate safe work practices with other job expectations?
  • Is safety performance evaluated as part of an employee’s overall job performance?
  • Do you promote an employee-driven safety culture that listens to and acts on employees’ safety suggestions and concerns?
  • Do you have an active and empowered safety committee?
  • Do you maintain a clean and orderly workplace and create a comfortable environment for employees to work in?
  • Do supervisors enforce safety rules consistently?

Upcoming MSF Safety Workshops

June 3 –   Bozeman
June 4 –   Butte
June 5 –   Great Falls
June 9 –   Helena
June 11 – Miles City
June 12 – Billings
June 18 – Kalispell
June 19-  Missoula

Upcoming SafetyFestMT 
Butte: June 2-4, 2015
Billings: November 16-20, 2015