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Four important points to consider when you draw up your list of toolbox talk topics

by , 29 September 2014
Your toolbox talks can help your employees remember and understand their OHS training better. If you do these bite-sized training sessions often, you can constantly keep your employees' health and safety knowledge up-to-date.

The problem is how do you choose the right topics to cover in your toolbox talk programme?

We have a solution for you. We have four important points you must consider when you choose these topics to create a relevant and useful toolbox talk programme.

Read on to find out what these important points are...

 

Consider these four points when you choose your toolbox talk topics

 
1. What did your employees struggle to understand during their formal training?
 
Formal health and safety training contains a lot of information squeezed into a short amount of time. Because of this, the training facilitator may rush over complicated topics. 
 
You must identify any topics your employees need more information or clarity on and include these in your toolbox talk programme.
 
2. What common topics didn't the formal training cover?
 
Because of the volume of content in the formal safety training the facilitator may leave out certain common topics he didn't feel were necessary in the training. 
 
You can cover these topics in your toolbox talks to ensure your employees have this knowledge.
 
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3. What topics, specific to your employee's work, didn't the formal training cover?
 
If your employees face specific risks during their work that you won't normally find else where, the facilitator may not know to add those in the training. 
 
These are important topics to cover in your toolbox talks as they'll give your employees the vital information to deal with their specific risks.
 
4. What workplace incidents happened recently?
 
Any recent workplace incidents are worth including in your toolbox talks. This is because these incidents give you a practical example of what can happen and what employees should do.
 
These four points will help you choose relevant and useful toolbox talk topics every time. 
 

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