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Six crucial safety topics you must remember when planning your toolbox talks

by , 14 May 2014
Toolbox talks are a great way to make employees aware of their health and safety responsibilities. They're also a great way to refresh and reinforce the health and safety training that you gave your employees when they joined your company.

It gives you the opportunity to make your employees aware of safety risks. And you can get feedback from them on any other safety concerns they have.

Make sure you're using your toolbox talks to the max by including the following safety topics. These are six of the most important topics because every employee needs to know what you expect them to do when it comes to these safety concerns...

Are you wasting valuable time figuring out which toolbox talks to train your employees on?
There's an easier way to choose your health and safety toolbox topics. 

Cover these six safety topics in your toolbox talks

The Health and Safety Advisor lists 32 different safety topics you should be doing toolbox talks on. Of those 17, these six are the most important:
Fire safety;
First aid ;
Ladder and height safety ; and 
You need to discuss these safety topics with employees to make sure they're clear on what to do and how to do it. 
But to really make sure that your toolbox talks are clear and employees understand, then follow this content guide...
Do your employees know about the different fire equipment?

A guide to structure the content in your toolbox talk

According to the Health and Safety Advisor you should use this structure for your toolbox talks:
• Topic – the subject addressed in the safety talk content;
• What's at stake? – A brief description of the impact on life and limb;
• What's the danger? – The dangers your employees face every day;
• Example – An incident that actually happened somewhere at sometime;
• How to protect yourself – A list of things your employees can do to protect themselves; and 
• Final word – A very brief statement with a touch of humour. 
This structure will ensure when you cover these important safety topics, your employees listen and understand. 

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