Toolbox talks are an easy way for foremen and supervisors to supplement the OSHA training efforts of their company or organization, and to keep safety front and center in their workers’ minds. These short pre-written safety meetings are designed to heighten employee awareness of workplace hazards and OSHA regulations.

Five to ten employees is the ideal size for a toolbox talk meeting. An effective leader will provide the agenda prior to meeting, structure the setting (free of distractions), provide an inclusion activity (group check-in) and provide a common memory (problem countermeasure sheet review).

Always document your toolbox talks. Even if certain OSHA standards do not require documentation of safety training, it can’t hurt to have the information about the topic, the trainer, the date, and names of the workers on file.

Last but not least, practice what you preach. Nothing makes a trainer lose credibility faster than to have a worker see them doing something that violates the safety precautions that were covered in a previous toolbox talk. Always set a good example.

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