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Promote Safety With Tool Box Talk

Dave HumpalWeekly safety meetings can save your company time and money in the long run. A 10-minute safety meeting may be the difference between one of your employees falling off a ladder, getting in a car accident, seriously getting injured, or ending the day safely.

We like to call these kinds of meetings Tool Box Talks, but any name will do. They’re like mini pep talks or reminders, the first agenda item of the day before your employees start their work. Topics can range from ladder, power tool, and chemical safety to reminders about texting and driving and proper lifting techniques. We’ve found, especially with smaller groups, that starting a topic and letting the employees discuss their own safety issues with the topic can be the best way to facilitate the talk. Perhaps start with, “Has anyone had a close call with the radial saw?” After employees share their stories, move on to proper handling of the radial saw. This can also be a good way to find out if any of your equipment is malfunctioning or if new equipment may solve some of your employees’ safety concerns.

Not sure where to start? The Internet has some great resources on Tool Box Talks. Here are a few sites to get you started:

http://toolboxtopics.com/
http://www.oshatraining.com/Toolbox-Talks.php
http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AtoZ/ToolBoxTalks/default.asp

Be sure to record the details of what was discussed during the Tool Box Talk and who attended. That information may be useful for your own future accident investigations and proof to OSHA of your training program.

Dave Humpal
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