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3 reasons to start Toolbox Talks today!

by , 22 April 2013
It's not always easy to identify hazards and risks in your company and take the corrective measures to protect the health and safety of your employees (Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act).
Also, you must inform, provide instructions and train your employees to ensure their health and safety.

To make your job easier, I recommend implementing Toolbox Talks in your company.

Toolbox Talks is an effective way to comply with your legal obligations and show the Department of Labour (DoL) you're doing all you can to meet your legal requirements. And if the DoL is happy, it means no fines or jail time for you!


Accidents in the workplace are causing FOUR deaths per minute

Read on to discover how you can save your employees lives…


Why toolbox talks are important

You're legally obliged to train your employees about the hazards they're exposed to at work (Section 8 and 13, OHSA).
Use Toolbox Talks to train your employees to recognise and avoid unsafe conditions as part of company profitability and professional development.

The short, targeted training stresses the importance of the topic to employees


I know you're obliged to organise periodical training of employees, BUT

Aren't you tired of having to arrange and prepare the sessions, especially since you don't always have a ready-to-use format?

Are you always aware of what you're legally required to include when it comes to training?

Now, you can have tailor-made professional training for all your employees without the exorbitant costs! 


3 reasons to start Toolbox Talks

  1. Use Toolbox Talks to educate your employees about all aspects of the industry they work in, so they can identify problems with their work sites.
  2. Use the talks to teach your employees to correct or report safety hazards so you and your employees can take actions to correct it. Encourage your employees to use common sense. For example, if a hazard is obviously immediately life threatening, employees must evacuate the area or take steps to correct it, rather than going through the safety officer.
  3. Employees will learn to avoid potentially hazardous situations included in your Toolbox Talks. For example, not wearing eye protection when welding can cause serious damage to employees' eyes.


Follow these 6 rules to select a Toolbox Talk topic

  1. Stick to topics about safety problems you're worried about now or that you anticipate in upcoming jobs;
  2. If the employees are going to perform a hazardous activity that specific day, discuss that activity's precautionary measures and safety concerns, before they start working;
  3. Failure on your part to select an appropriate topic to present will result in uninterested workers, a waste of time and a loss of creditability on the part of company management;
  4. Observe job-safety techniques. Focus on what's important (and mandatory);
  5. Listen to and follow up on your company's Safety Committee and employee recommendations;
  6. Identify poor work practices causing injuries or accidents on the job;

Plan your schedule out for a month so you have time to research the topics and modify your company policy accordingly.

In the  Health and Safety Advisor, we show you exactly how to plan your Toolbox Talks step by step.

Until next time,
Stay safe.

Kerusha Narothan
Managing Editor: Health and Safety Advisor

P.S. Find out how to conduct a Toolbox Talk session in 10 simple steps in the Health and Safety Advisor.


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