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5 Tips for giving great toolbox talks

Maralyn Kastel - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The best businesses know the importance of regular "toolbox talks," short meetings focused on pertinent safety issues in the workplace. The unique qualities of a workplace will determine the frequency and size of these talks, as some hazardous environments require daily meetings and low-risk environments may only require a monthly or quarterly meeting.

A safety meeting might conjure up images of dry information and bored workers. But that does not have to be so! Here are some helpful tips so you can prepare to give a great toolbox talk:

  1. Keep it short and to the point. No one likes to feel like their time is being wasted with irrelevant information.
  2. Be confident and prepared. Make sure to practice your talk several times before the actual meeting.
  3. Make eye contact and speak clearly. Look your workers in the eye and talk in a loud, comfortable tone.
  4. Choose the right location. As much as you can, select a meeting location that has room for all attendees and eliminates distractions.
  5. Include an appropriate story. As it fits your personality and the mission of your workplace, include a story to illustrate your point.

An effective toolbox talk is one of your most effective tools to assist you in communicating and consulting with your workers about safety. If you need help creating and implementing toolbox talks in your workplace, contact us today!

We currently have 71 toolbox talk topics ready to be sent to you in Microsoft Word Document form, which you can edit and adjust to suit your needs. If you need to address a topic we do not currently cover, let us know and we will add to our database. 

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