Toolbox Talk

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Instructions or procedures are adequate for most work activities, but some require extra care.

A Toolbox Talk is an informal group discussion that focuses on a particular safety issue. These tools can be used daily to promote your department's safety culture. Toolbox talks are also intended to facilitate health and safety discussions on the job site.

A TBT is a short presentation, delivered on site to the workforce, to highlight a particular health and safety concern - the tool box talk may also be referred to as a Safety Briefing. To be effective, tool box talks should be held regularly - ideally just before the work commences. This sets in place a positive health and safety culture, making workers aware of the health and safety risks and hazards that they may face during their day at work.

The purpose of tool box talks should be to keep health and safety as priority to your workforce, and to provide an open environment in which the issues raised can be explored and addressed.

Learning Outcomes of Toolbox Talk training

By the end of the course, supervisors and managers will be able to understand their pivotal role in managing safety performance and will have a variety of skills to use, in order to engage, communicate and lead on safety, in particular, Toolbox Talks.

In this course, participants will learn:

  • The importance of being a supervisor and why supervisors are the linchpins in a safe workplace, when it comes to maintaining safety.
  • The inter-related factors those are necessary in maintaining a thriving safety culture.
  • Key skills to influence and connect with staff for better safety outcomes, so that staff at all levels feel that they are able to talk freely about their safety concerns and solutions.
  • Strategies for planning, designing and organizing toolbox talks, so that staff contributes and you enjoy leading.

Who can take the Toolbox Talk training?

Supervisors and managers are the linchpins in an organization that set the performance levels when it comes to safety, productivity, skills development and job satisfaction.

Benefits of Toolbox Talk training

This course is vital to supervisors who want to improve their ability to communicate and engage on safety matters, including making others more accountable for safety.

It is beneficial for companies who want to change their safety culture or who realize that their supervisors are not leading staff or safety meetings effectively.

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