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Make your toolbox talks slick and effective with these three tips

by , 18 June 2014
With topics ranging from the risk of exploding gasses to the need for employees to clean up after themselves, there are hundreds of safety topics you could talk about.

With so many topics to cover, it's easy for your toolbox talks to turn into a mess.

But luckily we have three tips that can help you get control of your toolbox talks and make them slick and effective. Keep reading to discover what they are...

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Your toolbox talks can be slick and effective if you follow these three tips

According to the Health and Safety Advisor, part of your health and safety programme must include informing, instructing and training your employees on safety issues. You can do all of this with effective toolbox talks.
 
To ensure your employees understand and listen to your safety message, you should:
 
Tip 1: Keep your toolbox talk stream lined
The golden rule of toolbox talks is stick to one topic. If you jump around and try to cover too many topics, your employees will get very confused.
 
Remember, one toolbox talk equals one topic. This way you can go into detail and really ensure your employees fully understand the message.
 
This tip will also ensure your discussion is focused and specific.
 
A clear structure will help you get your message across. We recommend your structure should be: 
1. Topic;
2. What's at stake;
3. What's the danger;
4. Example;
5. How your employees can prevent the accident; and
6. The final word. 
 
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Tip 3: Use a resource, such as your trained first aiders, to help improve toolbox talks

Some topics are better if you demonstrate them. So to ensure you have the right information and give the best demonstrations, ask your first aiders or another suitable resource for help. 
 
With these three tips, your toolbox talks will give your employees all the information, instruction and OHS training they need.

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