'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:
Here's how your company will benefit from toolbox talks
Toolbox talks will help you do the following:
But it's not only your company that benefits from toolbox talks.
This is how your employees will benefit from toolbox talks
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.
Now that you know why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace, FSP Business recommends you follow these 7 rules to select a toolbox talk topic.