Unfortunately, toolbox talks (and their even more counterproductive relatives “safety moments”) have evolved into something they were never intended to be and have lost the value they were originally intended to provide. Despite the fear merchants and safety crusaders who would have you believe otherwise, there really is no need to have people sign off on their attendance or compliance.  As soon as you do that then you have lost their trust – they will perceive the talk is simply so you can cover your A%$# rather than a useful forum to share and learn. Make your own private diary notes on what was said and who was there if you simply cannot get go!

Before you waste your time on the poor delivery of boring, irrelevant and ineffective toolbox talks or safety moments please READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST: “JUST TOOLBOX IT”

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Tool box talks, safety moments and pre-start meetings have become a very effective way of maintaining safety awareness and bringing attention to any current or emerging hazards and risks. They are meant to be a brief, interactive discussion about a specific topic but can also touch on a number of issues relevant to the workplace. The problem that many supervisors encounter is coming up with interesting ideas and effective presentation materials when their toolbox talks are becoming a little stale and routine. On this page you will find links to websites providing toolbox topic ideas and presentation materials. Please let us know in the comments section if you know of any others.


These are from “Safety ToolBox Topics”

  • Christmas Safety
  • Christmas Travel Safety
  • Death By Xmas Decoration

If you are looking for tips on how to make your safety committee more effective CLICK HERE

We have dozens of free safety Powerpoint presentations which are ideal for tool box talks available here and some scripts for toolbox talks here

Our other useful Safety Toolbox Talk Resources:

Safety Tool Box Meeting

Safety Tool box meetings Regular, short, sharp, tool-box meetings or toolbox talks can be an excellent means of getting the safety message to employees and resolving safety problems. The following advice is given for the conduct of these meetings: Find a quiet area free of distractions Use open-ended questions to promote involvement, positively reinforce responses […]

Free Tool Box Talk Presentations

Free Toolbox Talks to Download Some excellent free safety resources from WA Dept Mines & Petroleum. Most are relevant and useful to other heavy industries as well. These PowerPoint shows are made available for non-commercial use (eg toolbox meetings and training sessions) subject to the condition that the content is not altered without permission from […]

Safety Conversation Essentials – 20 Tips

Safety Conversation Essentials – 20 Tips Another brilliant guest article by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE In our preoccupation with harmonization, systems and the new WHS Act I trust we don’t lose sight of the most powerful instrument we have to manage risk – the […]

Free Safety Tool Box Talks to Download

Free Safety Tool Box Talks to Download Safety Toolbox talks have become an important part of the safety culture at most major construction sites and other hazardous workplaces. They are a crucial activity for maintaining safety awareness and providing information about current hazards and issues. Safety Bob provides these free toolbox talks if you are struggling […]

Free Construction Safety Toolbox Talks

Free Construction Safety Toolbox Talks Safety tool box talks are a very effective way of communicating current health and safety issues, hazards and recent incidents to the workforce. They are designed to be brief, efficient and delivered in the work environment before starting work for the day. I have found them to be much more […]

Heaps of Free Safety Presentations

Heaps of Free Safety Presentations and Safety Training Resources Looking for a specific topic or just some ideas for your next safety chat or toolbox talk?, these are great resources from http://wellnessproposals.com  – they have been provided to them by United States Naval Safety Center. Miscellaneous Safety Presentations Aggressive Driving Night Driving Drowsy Driving Powered […]

Changing Attitudes to Health and Safety Huddles and Toolbox Meetings

Changing Attitudes to Health and Safety Huddles and Toolbox Meetings By Peter Hipwood Safety huddles are an important weekly experience in the field of engineering, but often these ‘Huddles’ or ‘Toolboxes’ are verbal presentations of procedures that can be quite boring. Often the “volunteer” presenter is reading from prepared notes and is clearly not enjoying […]

Tool-box meetings

Tool-box meetings Guest post by George Robotham You can find heaps of free safety toolbox talk resources HERE Regular, short, sharp, tool-box meetings can be an excellent means of getting the safety message to employees and resolving safety problems. These talks are a visual commitment to safety, open lines of communication and help to meet […]

What’s Wrong With This Photo

What’s Wrong With This Photo – Spot the Hazards Each issue of WorkSafe™ Magazine includes a safety photo that has been staged to show a number of hazards or potentially dangerous work practices. The online version is highly interactive and includes ability to place pins and comments onto the photo and print the results. Could […]

Ideas For Toolbox Talks

Ideas For Toolbox Talks Toolbox talks and pre-start meetings have become a very effective way of maintaining safety awareness and bringing attention to any current or emerging hazards and risks. They are meant to be a brief, interactive discussion about a specific topic but can also touch on a number of issues relevant to the […]

Safety Tip – Hazard Alerts

A large mine site I visited recently subscribes to industry hazard alerts and safety alerts. These are displayed on the large TV in the lunch room each morning. All employees must read them before they start work and then the alerts are discussed in tool box talks.  […]

Take 5 for Safety: Five Minute Daily Safety Meetings

There are a few ways to Take 5 for safety: You could take five minutes to do a safety drill or take five minutes to surprise an employee with a safety pop quiz. You may also wish to take five minutes out of every monthly meeting to address a safety concern, or you could take […]

Some other free toolbox talk resources:

Safety Toolbox Talks – www.safetytoolboxtalks.com Safety Toolbox Talks was started in 2007 as a portal for safety professionals to share and exchange free safety topic resources . . . specifically Toolbox Topics, Toolbox Talks and other free safety resources. If you’re like so many companies these days, the daily safety meeting has proven very effective in reminding employees about the importance of safety in their daily tasks. They also have a section for sharing safety files such as images, videos, documents or safety presentations to help you get the message across.

Tool Box Topics – www.toolboxtopics.com This is not the prettiest or most well structured website around but once you have worked out the navigation you will find hundreds of complete safety toolbox talk worksheets (including script, attendees, recommendations and MSDS review). Their site also includes free safety checklists, audio, photos and videos. Main topics are: Construction, Fleet and Industry. Construction

Toolbox Talks – Washington State Department What they call a “years worth of weekly safety meeting subjects”.

Toolbox Talks – Health and Safety For Beginners Continual training is essential for the reduction of accident/incident rates and the occurrence of ill health and environmental damage in our workplaces. The Toolbox Talks on this page will play a major part in our continuing effort to create an increased awareness of hazards present in our workplaces, and the precautions which must be taken to eliminate or control them. J. J.

Keller’s Construction Toolbox Talks – Website Increase safety awareness and reduce accidents with more than 140 ready-to-use talks. The package costs $229 but the samples look very good.

Toolbox Talks From Caterpillar – Website This collection of free toolbox talks provide safe operating and maintenance procedures. These free toolbox talks cover a wide range of safety, health, and environmental topics.  One of the most important elements of an effective safety program is conducting regular discussions on safety topics that are relevant to your work. Many employers hold these discussions on a weekly basis, and some hold them for the first few minutes of every team meeting. Whatever the schedule of your safety talks, Caterpillar wants to provide you with the tools to conduct these meetings effectively. What are toolbox talks? The Toolbox Talks on SAFETY.CAT.COM™ are one-page outlines that address a wide variety of topics, from work-zone traffic to respiratory protection.

Supercharge Your Safety Meetings with Unlimited Streaming

Unlimited Streaming gives you unlimited access to a massive library of 140+ online safety training videos. All videos can be played on a TV or projector to train a room full of workers. It’s the best way to conduct engaging and memorable safety training meetings. See how Unlimited Streaming can supercharge your safety meetings.. click here to watch an explanatory video at the Atlantic Training website.

Free Toolbox Talks Download

This package contains 70 toolbox talk documents covering a wide variety of health and safety issues in the workplace. All are in MS Word 97-2003 format and can be fully edited to include things like your company logo if required. http://www.segurohealthandsafety.co.uk/tool-box-talks/

Safety Moment Resources

Also posted are presentation slides which can be downloaded and included in any presentation where you are starting with a safety moment.

  1. Preventing Heat Exhaustion (251 KB)
  2. Supervising Children Around Water (275 KB)
  3. Rescue Guidelines When You are Alone and Fall Through the Ice (271 KB)
  4. Rid the Household of Head Lice (275 KB)
  5. ABC’s of Heavy Lifting (257 KB)
  6. Identifying Confined Spaces (252 KB)
  7. Before You Enter a Confined Space (255 KB)
  8. Driving Safely (253 KB)
  9. Working with Hearing Loss (257 KB)
  10. Fall Protection (256 KB)
  11. Ladders (Step) (253 KB)
  12. Active Living at Work (298 KB)
  13. Parking Lot Safety (275 KB)
  14. ATM’s and ATM cards (282 KB)
  15. Violence in the Workplace (Working Late) (274 KB)
  16. Walking, Still our Best Medicine (275 KB)
  17. Preparing for Safe Travel (277 KB)
  18. Safe Travel (Tips for the Journey) (276 KB)
  19. Safe Travel (Packing Tips) (277 KB)
  20. Handling Suspicious Mail (284 KB)
  21. Check-in Procedure for Employees Who Work Alone (280 KB)
  22. Ergonomic Safety Rules for Moving Objects (280 KB)
  23. General Safety Tips (276 KB)
  24. Ladders (Storage and Handling) (256 KB)
  25. Your Mental Health (Aging) (280 KB)
  26. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (260 KB)
  27. Rescue Guidelines When Someone Falls Through the Ice (276 KB)
  28. Creating a Safe Workplace for Young Workers (278 KB)
  29. Snow Blower (Safe Operation) (277 KB)
  30. Stretches for the Back, Side and Legs (281 KB)
  31. Stretches for the Hands and Forearms (281 KB)
  32. Stretches for the Neck and Shoulders (281 KB)
  33. Stretching at the Workstation (280 KB)
  34. Understanding Ice Strength (276 KB)
  35. Vehicle Visual Inspection (255 KB)
  36. Work Safer – Working Alone (General Information to Consider) (281 KB)
  37. Workplace Bullying (256 KB)

How about sharing some of your safety moments resources in the comments below?

Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot and Compliance Controller at Everything Safety
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What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

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