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18th June, 2018

Stuck For Toolbox Talk Ideas? Here's 100!

It can be hard to come up with ideas for health and safety toolbox talks, health and safety risks are everywhere, but narrowing down to focus on one subject can be hard.

To help you, our health and safety experts have come up with 100 topics so you can get started. You can use these 100 safety topics to carry out daily toolbox talks.

We all know we should be doing toolbox talks regularly, but preparing a large number of talks can be difficult when you're not sure what topic to write about. Where should you start?

Well, start with a subject.

Each toolbox talk should be focused around just one topic, so you can get the key points in, keep it relevant, and keep it short.

But what should that subject be?

The good news is, there are loads of health and safety topics you can pick from. Try to think about the types of hazards and risks that are relevant to the work you carry out, and the industry you are in.

You can download toolbox talks pre-completed for a variety of subjects from our library!

It's not always easy just pick a subject to base your talk on, so for inspiration, check out the video.

Did you come up with some more toolbox talk ideas when watching the video?

Start with 100, and keep going!

Here are the 100 toolbox talk ideas:

  1. Abrasive Wheels
  2. Accident Costs
  3. Accident Prevention
  4. Accident Reporting
  5. Alcohol
  6. Asbestos Awareness
  7. Asbestos Surveys
  8. Behaviour
  9. CDM Regulations
  10. COSHH
  11. COSHH Assessment
  12. Confined Spaces
  13. Considerate Contractor
  14. Construction Site Rules
  15. DSE Display Screen Equipment
  16. DSE Exercises
  17. Demolition
  18. Dermatitis
  19. Drugs
  20. Dust
  21. Electrical Safety
  22. Excavations
  23. Eye Protection
  24. Fire Action
  25. Fire Extinguishers
  26. Fire Prevention
  27. Fire Safety
  28. First Aid
  29. Flammable Liquids
  30. Forklift Loads
  31. Forklift Use
  32. Gas Safety
  33. Good Housekeeping
  34. HSE Powers
  35. Hammers
  36. Hand Protection
  37. Hand Tools
  38. Hard Hats
  39. Harmful Substances
  40. Horseplay
  41. Infections at Work
  42. Ladders
  43. Lead
  44. Legionella
  45. Leptospirosis
  46. Lifting Equipment
  47. Lifting Operations
  48. Lifting Technique
  49. Listen For Danger
  50. Lone Working
  51. Manual Handling
  52. Method Statement
  53. MEWP
  54. Near Misses
  55. Noise At Work
  56. Outdoor Working
  57. Overhead Services
  58. PAT Portable Appliance Testing
  59. PPE Use
  60. Permits To Work
  61. Personal Hygiene
  62. Public Protection
  63. RPE Use
  64. Radiation
  65. Refuelling
  66. Risk Assessment
  67. Roof Work
  68. Safety Awareness
  69. Safety Benefits
  70. Safety Nets
  71. Safety Signs
  72. Scaffolding
  73. Screwdrivers
  74. Sharps
  75. Sharps Injury
  76. Shift Work
  77. Silica Dust
  78. Site Plant
  79. Site Security
  80. Skip Loaders
  81. Skip Safety
  82. Slips and Trips
  83. Step Ladders
  84. Stress
  85. Sun Exposure
  86. Tower Scaffolds
  87. Transport Management
  88. Trestles
  89. Tyre Safety
  90. Underground Services
  91. Vehicle Safety
  92. Vibration
  93. Waste Management
  94. Water Buoyancy Equipment
  95. Welfare Facilities
  96. Wood Dust
  97. Work Equipment
  98. Work Near Water
  99. Young Person
  100. Zero Harm

We cover each of these toolbox talk subjects in more detail in our blog post on The Best 100 Safety Topics For Daily Toolbox Talks.

Don't stop at 100!

Once you get started it shouldn't be too hard to think of other topics that are relevant to the work activities you are involved with.

Now you have your toolbox talk topics, you can start writing and delivering toolbox talks to your team. To get the most out of your toolbox talks, don't forget to keep them short, relevant and informative. Here's a guide on how to keep your toolbox talks interesting.

Need help providing toolbox talks to your workforce? With the talks membership plan, we deliver the talks and store records for you, so you know your team is up to speed.

This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and a degree in construction management. She is NEBOSH qualified and a member of IOSH.

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