18th July, 2017

The Problem With Tool Box Talks - And How To Fix It

There's a problem with tool box talks, in that they are just not being done as often as they should be (if at all). If this sounds like your workplace, then don’t worry you are not alone. On many of the sites we have visited, it is reported that very few tool box talks are carried out.

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There’s a problem with tool box talks, in that they are just not being done as often as they should be (if at all).

If this sounds like your workplace, then don’t worry you are not alone.

Many of our clients and indeed on many of the sites we have visited, it is reported that very few tool box talks are carried out.

It’s not that the management don’t understand the importance of tool box talks, or that they are important for providing the information instruction and training that their team requires.

It’s not even that they just simply forget.

More often than not, it’s that when they come to do a tool box talk, they don’t have anything prepared, and so it’s put on the to do list for another day.

But tool box talks should ideally be done daily, or at least weekly, to really see any benefit.

Once they become part of the routine, the results to improvements in health and safety culture and knowledge in the workforce are always positive.

So how can we fix this problem?

You can fix this with time and resources.

But to be honest, not even that much time or resources, it just takes a little bit of planning.

You can prepare your tool box talks yourself, and have them ready to deliver. This is great if you have a good knowledge of the information you want to give, and for site or business specific rules or topics.

If you don’t have any resources to hand, and don’t know where to start, we have prepared some handy tool box talk downloads, so you can be good to go in a couple of clicks.

Once you have the resources in place, it’s just simply a case of getting your team together to deliver the talk.

Yes, this does take time, but remember, tool box talks should only be 5 – 10 minutes long, on a single subject.

So, you can get your talks in place quickly and easily. Fix the problem with tool box talks in just 2 steps.

  1. Prepare your talk (or download one)
  2. Deliver your talk
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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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