Taking the time to hold safety huddles and give toolbox talks is important to building a strong safety culture. Whether led by a foreman, supervisor, or safety professionals, the most effective safety trainings, where the information is remembered and put into practice, are when the crew participates. Click below to download this as a handout:
Here are some tips for giving an effective toolbox talk.
- Take about 15 minutes to become familiar with the Toolbox Talk content.
- Come up with examples from your job site.
- Prepare your sign-in sheet to record who attends the toolbox talk.
Engage Your Team:
- Ask the crew questions. Avoid only lecturing. Call on volunteers to answer questions.
- Ask if crew members have personal experience with the hazard being covered, or if they see it on the job site.
- Give crew members a chance to ask questions.
- Give more crew members a chance to talk. Try to avoid having one crew member dominate – this isn’t time to regale everyone with stories.
- Stick to the topic. If issues come up that are not related to the toolbox talk, make a note of them and address them at a later toolbox talk, or at a different huddle.
- Be a humble expert. If you don’t know an
- answer to a question, don’t guess. Write down the question so that you can answer it later.
Use GBCA’s Toolbox Talks Toolkit
- Access GBCA’s Toolbox Talks on your mobile device via QR code (click above).
- Workers can also reference toolbox talks on their own devices if they need reminders about safety hazards. Toolbox Talks can be given any time, any place!
- Use the GBCA Toolbox Talk Sign-In Sheet to keep your records.
- The Sign-In Sheet can be downloaded below, be found in the Toolbox Talks Toolkit, and is included with each GBCA Toolbox Talk post.
- The GBCA Sign-In Sheet is a fillable pdf:
- Record who attended digitally from your mobile device.
- Use the “Edit” function (available in programs such as Adobe Reader) to draw in signatures.
- The Presenter should sign each completed Sign-In Sheet to verify the list of attendees.
For more information on how to conduct a Safety Toolbox Talk, contact us at email@example.com.
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