Safety Moments, Alerts & Lessons Learned

Safety Moments
A Safety Moment is a brief safety talk about a specific subject at the beginning of a meeting or shift. Also known as safety minutes or safety chats, these talks can be done in a variety of ways, but are typically a brief (2-5 minute) discussion on a safety related topic. They can cover a variety of safety topics and remind employees of the importance of being safe; at work, at home and in all aspects of our lives.

Including a Safety Moment at the beginning of your meeting can help bring safety issues or topics up in a timely, clear, brief, and non-threatening way. Safety Moments are designed to reinforce safety knowledge and everyone’s commitment towards a positive safety culture.

The listing of Safety Moments is general information not meant to replace departmental policy, protocol or safe work procedures, but to remind us about the importance of health and safety, help us recognize and control hazards, increase awareness and contribute to a culture of safety. Remember, there are potential hazards in all workplaces.

Safety moment collection and templates
Need an idea or content for a safety moment? Environmental Health and Safety has provided a collection of moments and lessons learned that are ready to go. Just download the PDF and present them at the start of group meetings or departmental seminars. Keep a signed copy of the roster for all those that attended in your Laboratory Safety or SOS Binder.
Help build the collection by sending your safety moments to with "safety moment- topic" in the subject line. Please cite reliable sources. 

Lab Related Safety Moments and Lessons Learned

General Safety Moments

Facilities Management/Construction Safety Moments