3 training tips for giving an effective toolbox talk

Toolbox talks are quick safety meetings that usually take place at the beginning of the work day. However, toolbox talks can be presented at any time, or any place, within any group or workers. To better support managers and supervisors tasked with presenting daily toolbox talks to workers, here are a few tips:

Prepare ahead of time.

Do not begin planning your talk the morning you are scheduled to present it. Be familiar with the topic, or subject, for the talk and plan for it. Ensure the toolbox talk is in a logical order and can be easily understood.

Find a relevant topic.

Ensure the topic is important to your workers. Workers will often disengage during a toolbox talk if it has nothing to do with the work being done.

Know your audience.

It is recommended to use a language level that your workers understand. Also, remember that not all workers have English as their first language.

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Safety Advisor Corner: Top 3 Safety Tips for Winter 2016

Safety Tips for Workplace Hazardous Products

Tip #1 – Inventory
Employers must identify and inventory all chemicals and potentially hazardous products or substances that are present in the workplace. Quantities of each should be noted as well as the storage locations. Centralized purchase of materials and designated storage locations for products will assist this process

Tip #2 – Reduction
Employers should look to reducing the number of hazardous products in the workplace. Standardize the purchase process rather than allowing purchase by individual departments or individuals. Where possible use a single brand or producer for required products. Identify products in the inventory that are no longer used or that are waste amounts and arrange for proper disposal

Tip #3 – Substitution
Identify chemicals, products and substances that are highly hazardous or toxic and look at the potential for replacing these with a similar product that is less hazardous or toxic. Research is required at this point to determine that the replacement product does not pose a greater risk than the original product

Safety Advisor Corner: Top 3 Safety Tips for Summer 2016

In each issue of The OSSE Newsletter we share 3 tips you can use to improve your health and safety program.

Try to participate when asked to, whether it’s assessing hazards, participating in toolbox meetings, becoming a member of your Joint Health & Safety Committee, or providing your input on anything relating to safety in your area. These are your chances to be heard and to contribute to making your job safer.

Supervisors, remember your focus is on your workers, not only the product. If you adequately supervise the workers and ensure their safety, they will be more productive, responsive to instructions, efficient, and communicative. Train them well, it will give you peace of mind.

Finding safety problems or issues is important, but completing corrective actions and communicating that to workers is even better. Proper communication helps you track changes and keeps affected workers in the loop. Before long you’ll be able to look back and see how much your team has accomplished.


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Safety Advisor Corner: Top 3 Safety Tips for Spring 2016

In each issue of The OSSE Newsletter we share 3 tips you can use to improve your health and safety program.

Tip #1: I caught you being good.
When a worker is observed doing something good, stop and tell them so. It’s so easy to notice something unsafe or wrong but all too often, the good stuff isn’t recognized enough, if at all.

Tip #2: Leadership should be seen as well as felt.
Supervisors, managers, executives should be seen regularly on the floor or in the warehouse engaging with workers. Asking a worker to show how to safely operate equipment as well as letting them brag a bit about their job goes a long way.

Tip 3: Monthly toolbox talks.
Conduct monthly toolbox talks with workers and management present – ensuring that both sides of a topic are represented. It is one thing for a supervisor to present a toolbox talk, but it can fall on deaf ears if they don’t perform that duty or lack any relate-able experience on the topic.