27th June, 2017
Toolbox talks are mostly used in construction. Sure, you have health and safety talks, health and safety moments and essentially, the same kind of thing in other industries. But the term toolbox talk is mostly used on construction sites.
Before we look at why toolbox talks are important, let’s consider what toolbox talks are.
Toolbox talks are short health and safety talks. It’s as simple as that.
They are designed as a short refreshed on a single health and safety subject or topic, and should be delivered often.
Why are these health and safety toolbox talks important?
One reason, is that they can deliver new knowledge.
You might not have a full training course on slips trips and falls for example. But since slips and trips account for around 40% of all reported major injuries, it’s certainly an important subject to make your team aware of.
So, a toolbox talk is perfect for giving your team vital information on the causes, and how to prevent slips, trips and falls on or around site.
Another reason is that they can refresh existing knowledge.
Your team on a number of health and safety training courses. Asbestos awareness, working at height, ladder safety to name a few.
Toolbox talks are not a replacement for these full training courses.
However, how often are these training courses undertaken. Annually, every 3 years, every 5 years?
Some courses need to be refreshed more often than others, but all usually go at least a year before they need to be refreshed.
Toolbox talks are perfect for refreshing knowledge in between these full courses, to keep the health and safety message in mind, and prevent standards from slipping.
Toolbox talks can also help you to comply with the law.
As we are have written previously, toolbox talks are not a specific legal requirement.
However, employers are required to provide information, instruction, and training to employees. Toolbox talks can be part of that delivery of information and instruction to the workforce.
Toolbox talks / health and safety talks are important in all industries. In a high risk industry such as construction they are especially important to help keep the workforce safe.