What is a Toolbox Talk?
Toolbox Talks, also known as Pre-Start or Take 5 Safety Talks are a simple but effective way to get your
communicating about workplace hazards before commencing work. An effective Toolbox Talk involves a short
minute daily safety discussion
conducted on a jobsite prior to a work shift. Toolbox Talks are popular in the construction industry as a
of engaging workers’ safety knowledge and awareness of risks associated with day-to-day activities.
Having short but frequent Toolbox Talks can significantly reduce workplace incidents. A
report found that companies that conduct Toolbox Talks daily had a 64% reduction in total recordable
incident rates than those that
conducted their Toolbox Talk meetings on a monthly basis.
In addition to identifying immediate hazards for the day, an effective Toolbox Talk can:
- Grow a positive safety culture within an organization.
- Keep all workers alert.
- Improve team communication and productivity.
- Serve as a reminder of workers’ duties and responsibilities.
- Function as an updated record of hazards and action plan
Toolbox Talk Templates
Top 5 Toolbox Topics
Finding a relevant topic to discuss for your toolbox talk can be challenging. Discussion points at safety
meetings should be topical and relevant to current or upcoming activities in the workplace. Topical items
discussion can be identified by asking
workers for input, changes in the plant or work process or work environment, or in response to accidents/
incidents in the workplace. A
talk template is a helpful tool to record general safety discussions.
For regular work-specific hazards it is helpful to focus a topic on a particular safety hazard. Here are
top 5 toolbox topics you can use for your next Daily Toolbox Meeting. Choose the right topic and template
the work your team is performing
Slips Trips and Falls
Slips, Trips, and Falls are the common causes of accidents in the workplace and often the most overlooked
hazard. Discuss with your team the most common types of slip injuries and have them point out any hazards
the jobsite. Get your team to suggest
methods to prevent these measures. Download this free
Toolbox Talk focused on slips trips and falls you can use on your jobsite
Electrocutions account for one of the most common injuries seen on construction sites. Discussing this
during your toolbox talk help remind every worker about the hazards of electricity and the preventive
when getting in contact with it.
Remind your team of the Do’s and Don’ts of electrical safety, discuss lock out tag out procedures, list all
major hazards and ask the team to identify any pre shift. Use this free
safety toolbox talk template to record your discussions.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are used to reduce employees’ exposure to hazards. Prior to work
commencing, it is important to discuss with all workers the relevance of PPE to keep them safe. A toolbox
can be used to inform employees about the
guidelines and condition of PPE and record faulty equipment for repair or replacement. Download this free
Working at Heights
It is always best to avoid working at heights. But when necessary, all employees must fully understand
and the preventive measures before commencing work. During your toolbox talk it is important for employees
discuss all appropriate safety
measures in place including fall protection equipment and fall hazards. Use this
toolbox talk template to discuss this topic before commencing work at heights.
Confined Space Safety
Working in a confined space exposes workers to various deadly gases as well as oxygen deficiency. Only
trained personnel should enter a confined space workplace. During your Toolbox Talk, discuss all hazards
present for the particular confined
space, agree as a team what to do during ordinary work as well as in the event of an incident. Use a
toolbox checklist to remind your team to conduct their talks daily and record key action points.
Toolbox Talk Templates