Set the intention: 5 Key Topics for your next toolbox talk
Toolbox talks are an essential part of every project. Toolbox talks are informal meetings that take place before every work shift. The whole point of toolbox talks, revolve around highlighting one particular safety issue each day. As most professionals would agree, it is an effective form of reiterating safety regulations and project specific guidelines for employees.
The easiest way to measure progress is to count your milestones. Not only do these meetings serve as a refresher, and help start the day with the right mindset, they are also a rendezvous point for recognition. Safety awards and positive reinforcements are also a part of toolbox talks.
As an extension of safety trainings and meetings, they help employees understand the underlying objectives of a project, and the safest way to proceed. In order to ensure all bases are covered, toolbox talks must be planned accordingly.
5 Toolbox topics to integrate into your meetings today
1- Asbestos Awareness:
Used in nearly every project as a fireproofing material, Asbestos is detrimental and hazardous once damaged. Asbestos awareness will educate employees on procedures that could disrupt or disturb asbestos and essentially, ways to avoid doing so.
Asbestos damage is a construction projects number one killer, by integrating regular guidelines on this regard can help workers stay on top.
2- Confined Spaces toolbox talks:
Injuries within the construction sector, is growing at an alarming rate. One major cause of these happens to be unawareness towards working in confined spaces. Confined spaces do not necessarily mean small or “confined” spaces in the literal sense. They are often areas large enough to allow workers to perform tasks; however they possess a limited or restricted entry or exit. They are often classified as permit/non-permit.
The main reason these tend to be a hazard zone, is due to inadequate ventilation, the presence of explosives and gases, and other materials that can cause explosions. As each project is different, it is necessary to highlight project-specific guidelines to work in these confined spaces to prevent accidents beforehand.
3- Tower Scaffolding:
Fall from height is a common cause for injury sometimes, causing irreparable damage to both the property as well as the employees involved. Scaffolding is a safe way to work from work from height. Before use however, employees must be alerted to do regular checks on machinery, guard rails and connectors. The dangers of stockpiling on scaffolds and the impact of weather conditions must all be considered on a daily basis.
4- The Effective use of PPE:
Improper use of PPE is the main cause of eye-related injuries, burns and medical expenses. By following this simple yet effective precaution, many employers can keep their employees safe while avoid loss of productive time.
Besides following general industry standards, it is important to go over previous near miss reports and conditions of the site during toolbox talks. Creating safety boundaries can regulate these accidents if not prevent, and ensure employers to be more cautious.
5- Incident Reporting:
Accident reports are a legal requirement in almost every sector. Incident reporting or accident report help document the common causes for accidents, and give the management a heads-up on procedures that could use alteration. Late reports could also add unnecessary costs for the organization.