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Eight tips to prepare for your health and safety Toolbox Talks today

by , 25 November 2013
I'm sure you've heard of 'Toolbox Talks'... and you know why you need them in your business. But do you ever think about how you and your managers can prepare for your 15 minute chats with your employees? Here are eight tips to get ready for those 15 minute Toolbox Talks.

Dear Health and Safety Reader

I'm sure by now you've heard of 'Toolbox Talks'... or at least of 'Toolbox Topics' or even 'Safety Chats' and you know why you need them in your business. But do you ever think about how you're going to have these chats? And more importantly, how you and your managers can prepare for your 15 minute chats with your employees?

Here are eight tips to get ready for those 15 minute Toolbox Talks.

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Eight tips to prepare for your Toolbox Talks
  1. Plan where and when you're going to have your talk. Will you have the talk in a boardroom? Or in the canteen area? Try have your meeting when your employees workday won't be interrupted, and when the work area is relatively quiet.
  2. Have your Toolbox Talks once a week. This shows your employees that safety is important to your company. And it's serves as a constant reminder to your employees.  
  3. Choose your topic. To decide on a topic, review your recent incidents or injuries and ask yourself what happened. Why? What could you or your employees do to prevent them?
  4. Know your topic. Read over the Toolbox Talk the night before, so you know what you're going to talk about and the chat will flow.

Keep reading for our final four tips…

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Eight tips to prepare for your Toolbox Talks continued…
  1. Plan your agenda. Decide before-hand how you want to kick the session off and when you're going to allow your employees to ask questions.
  2. Decide what images you'll use to illustrate your point.
  3. Think of real-life, practical examples. For example if you're talking about ladder safety, use one of your own ladders so you can point out what you should and shouldn't do.
  4. When closing the Toolbox Talk, reinforce the important points discussed. Thank your staff for their interest and enthusiasm.

Remember, a Toolbox Talk is an informal discussion. It's a positive chat to reinforce your safety culture. A good tip is to explain to your employees that Toolbox Talks gives them valuable information and the opportunity you need to get together and exchange ideas on how to build a culture of safety.


Stay Safe,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

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