Toolbox talks. What are they?

The CITB run a SMSTS Training Course, (Site Managers Safety Training Scheme). During that course they learn something called 'toolbox talks'. So, what exaclty is a toolbox talk, and what does it look like?

"Toolbox talks" are a form of safety briefing that is given to construction workers, typically at the start of the workday or before a specific task. The purpose of a toolbox talk is to raise awareness of potential hazards and to remind workers of best practices for working safely.

Toolbox talks are typically delivered by a supervisor or manager, and they cover a range of topics related to construction safety. These might include topics like working at height, using power tools safely, handling hazardous materials, and working in confined spaces.

During a toolbox talk, the speaker will often use visual aids like diagrams or photos to illustrate their points, and they may also demonstrate specific techniques or procedures that workers should use to work safely.

The goal of a toolbox talk is to ensure that workers are aware of potential hazards and are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to work safely on the job site. By emphasizing the importance of safety and reminding workers of best practices, toolbox talks can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on construction sites.

Toolbox talk. An example:

Topic: Working at height

Good morning everyone, today's toolbox talk is about working at height. As you all know, working at height can be one of the most dangerous tasks we do on a construction site. It's important that we take the proper precautions to keep ourselves and our coworkers safe.

Here are a few key points to remember when working at height:

Always wear the proper fall protection equipment. This includes a harness, lanyard, and anchorage point. Make sure your equipment is in good condition and properly adjusted before you begin work.

Use a stable and secure ladder or scaffold. Never use makeshift equipment or try to balance on unstable surfaces.

Be aware of your surroundings. Look out for potential hazards like overhead power lines, unstable surfaces, or obstacles that could cause you to lose your balance.

Never work at height alone. Always have a coworker nearby who can assist you if needed.

Remember, taking a few extra minutes to prepare for working at height can save your life. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak up now. Let's make safety our top priority today and every day.



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