Safety Moments Examples, Tips and Resources

Safety Moments Tips and Resources

Top 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Safety

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QUESTION: How effective was your last safety moment? Did you end up doing more harm than good? If people detect even a hint of hidden agenda or it comes across as even slightly contrived then you are wasting your time and theirs………..

What is a Safety Moment?

This concept seems to have evolved in recent years, based on the similar concept of the toolbox talk or pre-start meeting. They are generally short and sharp (3 – 5 minutes). They can be held at the start of a shift, at random times during the day or at the start of a meeting. They could cover a range of topics depending on what is relevant or important at the time ie seasonal, after a holiday or weekend, when work conditions change or following a spat of a particular type of incident.

Some Safety Moment Resources:


imageHalliburton say they start each and every meeting with a safety moment. They keep a stock of safety messages for our employees, customers and anyone who visits their website: They cover a range of topics including work permits, malaria, PPE, ladder safety and electrical lockouts.

Download their Safety Moment Powerpoint Presentations

Download their Safety Moment Sheets in pdf

SafetyMoment provide a collection of free safety moments from around the world. Categories include: Environmental, Remediation, Load and Transport, Fire, Office Fire Prevention, Health >>, OSHA Heat Safety Spanish, House and Home,  Poison Ivy, Landfills, Basic Waste Applications Training – Landfill Video (2001), Earthquake, Safety Awareness Test, Refinery and Plant

Total Safety

Of course someone had to develop a safety moment app. Check out this demo of Total Safety’s Industrial Safety Moments app. The industrial safety moments app provides you with OSHA-based safety moments that make learning fun and improve compliance.

Safety Moments


A Safety Moment is a brief safety talk about a specific subject at the beginning of a meeting or shift. Also known as safety minutes or safety chats, these talks can be done in a variety of ways, but are typically a brief (2-5 minute) discussion on a safety related topic. They can cover a variety of safety topics and remind employees of the importance of being safe; at work, at home and in all aspects of our lives.

Including a Safety Moment at the beginning of your meeting can help bring safety issues or topics up in a timely, clear, brief, and non-threatening way. Safety Moments are designed to reinforce safety knowledge and everyone’s commitment towards a positive safety culture.

The listing of Safety Moments is general information not meant to replace departmental policy, protocol or safe work procedures, but to remind us about the importance of health and safety, help us recognize and control hazards, increase awareness and contribute to a culture of safety. Remember, there are potential hazards in all workplaces.

This listing has been created to provide employees and managers with ready access to Safety Moments for use in their meetings. We will continue to create additional Safety Moments to add to the database. Any suggestions for a Safety Moment or information on a safety topic can be forwarded to them

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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