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11th August, 2017

How To Start A Safety Talk

We have talked in the past about how safety talks are important, and can help you comply with your legal requirements.

But how do you start a safety talk?

It might sound simple, but safety talks can often get forgotten, and on many of the sites we have visited safety talks just done get done as often as management would like them to be.

One of the best times to start a safety talk is at the start of the shift. This is the most beneficial time to deliver the talk because:

  • The workers are ready to start work
  • The talk will be fresh in their minds throughout the shift

If you did the talk at the end of the shift, the team will go home and the information will start to go stale before they have chance to apply it to their work.

You don’t have to be rigid with your safety talk schedule, having some flexibility with when you give a safety talk means you can start it at one of the best and easiest times.

The best way to start a safety talk?

When it is most relevant.

Let’s say the site is getting messy, this is a perfect opportunity to start a safety talk. Get the team together and start a talk on good housekeeping.

When your about to start some work at height. Great, another opportunity for a safety talk, maybe one on scaffolding?

About to start some excavation work? Start a talk about excavations or underground services.

If the talk is relevant to the work that is being carried out, or a health and safety subject that keeps cropping up on site, it will be more interesting and useful to the team.

Health and safety talks are easier to start when you have something prepared, so get some notes together on a relevant subject, or use one of our pre-prepared toolbox talks.

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This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and BSc (Hons) Construction Management. She is NEBOSH qualified and Tech IOSH.

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