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Do you know how to discuss safety signs in a toolbox talk?

by , 16 May 2014
OHS regulations require you to have safety signs in dangers areas or safety and emergency zones. These signs are vital in instructing your employees on what to do and how to behave in certain areas.

But what if your employees don't know what all the safety signs mean or don't understand their safety messages?

That's where it becomes important to conduct a toolbox talk on safety signs.

Through a toolbox talk, you can inform your employees on construction safety topics such as safety signs. While at the same time, helping them understand what they all mean.

So here's how you can do it...

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How to start your toolbox talk on safety signs

The first important thing you need to do is structure your toolbox talk the right way. The Health and Safety Advisor says it must follow this format:
 
• Topic;
• What's at stake; 
• What's the danger; 
• Example; 
• How to protect yourself; and
• Final word.
 
So once you've got the structure in mind, what should you say about the safety signs themselves?
 
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What to say about safety signs in your toolbox talk

Tell your employees safety signs will help them to stay safe. And that's why it's important they abide by them.
Make them aware of what's at stake if they disobey these signs.
Tell them if they disobey safety signs, they could cause a terrible accident or harm themselves.
Make it clear to them, if they don't protect themselves from harm, they might not be able to work anymore.
Make sure they understand the different types of safety signs.
 
It's also important to make your employees understand safety signs are an important protective measure. But covering this content in a toolbox talk with the right structure, they'll be more aware and much safer.
 

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