Toolbox talks are important, sure, but how often should they be done? Do we really need to carry them out daily?
Firstly, there is not a legal requirement to carry toolbox talks out daily, so if you’re not that frequent with them yet, don’t worry. But there are many reasons why daily toolbox talks are better for your business, health and safety management, and the team.
Here are 9 reasons to have daily toolbox talks:
Every day accidents can happen. By starting each day with a quick 5 or 10 minute toolbox talk, it serves as a reminder about the importance of health and safety at work.
Toolbox talks are not a substitute for full health and safety training course. But that course taken 2 years ago is now a distant memory, and toolbox talk can help to keep knowledge fresh in the mind.
Things change, it’s a fact of life. Whether there has been a change in regulations, or introducing a new tool or substance, it is important to keep the team up to date. A quick toolbox talk can be used to communicate any updates or changes.
Informal toolbox talks can often be missed, or carried out too infrequently. Carried out daily, it becomes part of a habit, a habit that will help the team develop a positive health and safety attitudes.
To be safe at work, you need to be alert to the health and safety hazards and risks around you. A daily toolbox talk will keep the team alert, by raising awareness before work starts.
A toolbox talk gets safety on the mind, and if it sparks some discussion, team members can help each other stay safe. "Hey Tim, put your goggles on, remember that talk on eye protection?!"
Awareness is knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Daily toolbox talks should each focus on one subject, and gradually, day after day, overall health and safety awareness surrounding relevant subjects grows.
Good leadership and strong management commitment is vital to a successful health and safety strategy. What better way to show management commitment to safe working practices than a daily reminder.
Growing a positive health and safety culture takes time and effort, and everyone’s involvement. Regular toolbox talks can form part of the health and safety management system to do this.
Wondering how to come up with enough topics for regular toolbox talks? Check out our blog post with details of 100 toolbox talk topics you can use.