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Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace

by , 16 January 2017
Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplaceThe Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace. But what are toolbox talks? And what are the benefits of conducting them besides complying with the OHSA? Read on to find out why you need them...

'A toolbox talk is a short safety talk [that's] delivered at the workplace and on a specific subject matter. The objective is to raise awareness of a particular aspect of the work, but to do it on a regular basis so that the good safety message is reinforced,' says Toolboxtalks.ie.

Your toolbox talks should never be shorter than five minutes and no longer than 15 minutes.

According to the Health & Safety Advisor, the topics covered during your talks should have their foundation in:

  • Training that's been provided (in-house or external);
  • Incidents that have happened in the workplace;
  • Hazardous work;
  • The types of work you do; and
  • The machinery, equipment and chemicals you use.

Here's how your company will benefit from toolbox talks

Toolbox talks will help you do the following:

  • Reduce incidents and accidents;
  • Increase in production and production time;
  • Keep your workers happy and safe
  • Help employees understand their job responsibilities and how to achieve them; and
  • Ensure employees are prepared to perform their jobs safely.

But it's not only your company that benefits from toolbox talks.

This is how your employees will benefit from toolbox talks

  • Your employees will be aware of the safety rules and will take precautions to protect themselves;
  • Toolbox talks will serve as a reminder of the training they received;
  • They'll watch out for their co-workers.
  • Toolbox talks stimulate workers to think about safety. This'll encourage them to brainstorm ideas and suggestions for preventing and minimising accidents they face every day.

There's more on toolbox talks than most people think

You must ensure that each employee present signs an attendance register. The person presenting the toolbox talk must also sign the attendance register. This is your proof that you're presenting safety talks and complying with the law.

After you've presented your safety talk, attach a copy of it to the attendance register. You must file these documents with your training records as proof for the Department of Labour.

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