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Use these tips to give your toolbox talks more punch and get your construction employees to listen

by , 17 April 2014
If your construction employees don't pay attention to your toolbox talks, they could be in danger. The chances of them missing some important information and causing an accident are much higher. Keep your construction employees safe and engaged by giving your toolbox talks more punch. Follow these simple tips to do so.

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. Here's how to save your time and still be compliant with the OHS Act.
Keep your toolbox talks short and simple
To keep your construction employees from getting distracted you need to keep your toolbox talks short. Safety Toolbox Topic says between two and five minutes is the best length. Any longer than that and employees may get bored and stop listening. 
Make your toolbox talks interactive and get your construction employees to join in the discussion. Some safety topics are better when properly discussed to help everyone really understands. Don't let it get too long though, or people may get agitated. 
Focus on different safety topics, so that if there are new safety concerns, you can find out. Raising new concerns and topics regularly allows workers to communicate with you and your safety officer. This way you can keep up to date with your safety management. 

Some of the topics the experts behind the Health and Safety Training Manual say you should focus on are:
Building regulations
Fire safety
Common accidents
Safety signs
Lastly, vary your approach to your talks. Having an actual demonstration may work better for some safety topics. Other topics are best to just keep to a discussion. 
But how can you make sure that everyone comes to these talks?
Do you have more than 20 employees? Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 
Take register and keep notes at your toolbox talks
It's incredibly important that all of your construction employees are at your tool box talks. The only way that you're really going to make sure they are, as recommended by ToolboxTalks. i.e,  is by keeping registers. This may sound a lot like school, but you do need to know who's attending and who isn't.
Also keep notes and make changes based on suggestions from construction employees. If they feel like someone's listening to their input and that it matters, they're more likely to attend. 
Your toolbox talks could save someone's life. Make sure that accidents don't happen because your construction employees got bored and stopped listening. 

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