Free Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks for OSHA Safety and Health

Toolbox talks are an easy way for foremen and supervisors to supplement the OSHA training efforts of their company or organization, and to keep safety front and center in their workers' minds. These short pre-written safety meetings are designed to heighten employee awareness of workplace hazards and OSHA regulations. They are not intended to take the place of formal OSHA safety training for workers, but to supplement it.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when conducting a toolbox talk for your workers:

  • Read the toolbox talk to yourself a couple of times before you hold the actual meeting with workers. That way you will be more familiar with the content to be covered and therefore less apt to stumble while reading to the group. 
  • Try to hold the toolbox talk in an area that is free of noise and other distractions. If the workers cannot hear you talking, or are distracted by other activities in the area, they won’t be focusing on your talk.
  • Speak clearly and directly. Mumbling or reading too fast makes it difficult for the workers to understand you. Just take a deep breath, and then speak clearly and at a natural pace.
  • Use a prop when possible to help you keep the workers attention. If you are giving a toolbox talk on setting up a portable step ladder, have one set up nearby so you can point out things as you read the toolbox talk.  To really drive home a point, have an unlabeled container you found on the jobsite available when giving a toolbox talk on OSHA’s hazard communication standards about labeling requirements.
  • Always give workers an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the toolbox talk. Don’t make snide remarks to employees who do ask a question, as this will discouraging others from asking questions later.
  • Always document your toolbox talks. Even if certain OSHA standards do not require documentation of safety training, it can’t hurt to have the information about the topic, the trainer, the date, and names of the workers on file.
  • Last but not least, practice what you preach. Nothing makes a trainer lose credibility faster than to have a worker see them doing something that violates the safety precautions that were covered in a previous toolbox talk. Always set a good example.
   

Free Toolbox Talks

The free toolbox talks provided below on this website are available for you to download and print at no cost for use within your company or organization.  They are not to be used for commercial gain, nor can they be republished on any other website or in any document without our explicit permission.

A new toolbox talk will be published on this site each month. Each topic selected is generic enough to be applied to many different work environments (construction and general industry). While the information contained in each toolbox talk is believed to be accurate, remember that these toolbox talks are not intended to take the place of formal OSHA training, they are only intended to supplement the mandatory training and help maintain awareness.

You are responsible for checking the OSHA training requirements for construction and / or the general industry training requirements to determine the actual training that must be provided to your workers. OSHA Training Services Inc. cannot be held liable for the content in, or misuse of, these generic toolbox talks.

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Topics

2012

January 2012  - Toolbox Talk #1 - Hazard Communication - Labeling Requirements / CANCELLED DUE TO REVISED OSHA STANDARD

February 2012 - Toolbox Talk #2 - Hazard Communication - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) / CANCELLED DUE TO REVISED OSHA STANDARD

March 2012 - Toolbox Talk #3 - Hazard Communication - Chemical Hazards and Effects

April 2012 - Toolbox Talk #4 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Hazard Assessments

May 2012 - Toolbox Talk #5 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Eye Protection

June 2012 - Toolbox Talk #6 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Hand Protection from Chemicals

July 2012 - Toolbox Talk #7 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Hand Protection from Cuts/Scrapes

August 2012 - Toolbox Talk #8 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Face Protection

September 2012 - Toolbox Talk #9 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Foot Protection

October 2012 - Toolbox Talk #10 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Head Protection

November 2012 - Toolbox Talk #11 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Hard Hat Dos and Don'ts

December 2012Toolbox Talk #12 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Dust Mask Use

 

2013

January 2013 - Toolbox Talk #13 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - What is GHS?

February 2013 - Toolbox Talk #14 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Container Labels

March 2013 - Toolbox Talk #15 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Flame

April 2013 - Toolbox Talk #16 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Flame over Circle

May 2013 - Toolbox Talk #17 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Corrosion

June 2013 - Toolbox Talk #18 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Skull and Crossbones

July 2013 - Toolbox Talk #19 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Health Hazard

August 2013 - Toolbox Talk #20 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Gas Cylinder

September 2013 - Toolbox Talk #21 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Exploding Bomb

October 2013 - Toolbox Talk #22 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Pictogram / Exclamation Mark

November 2013 - Toolbox Talk #23 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard -Safety Data Sheets (SDS's)

December 2013 - Toolbox Talk #24 - OSHA's Revised Haz-Com Standard - Unregulated GHS Info

 

2014

January 2014 - Toolbox Talk #25 - Portable Fire Extinguishers - Proper Selection

February 2014 - Toolbox Talk #26 - Portable Fire Extinguishers - How Do They Extinguish Fires?

March 2014 - Toolbox Talk #27 - Portable Fire Extinguishers - Just Remember "PASS"

April 2014 - Toolbox Talk #28 - Portable Fire Extinguishers - Do's and Don'ts

May 2014 - Toolbox Talk #29 - Portable Fire Extinguishers - Making Sure They Are Ready

June 2014 - Toolbox Talk #30 - Understanding OSHA's Categories of Flammable Liquids

July 2014 - Toolbox Talk #31 - Fire Prevention - Avoiding Accidental Fires

August 2014 - Toolbox Talk #32 - After the Fire / Hazards Lurk

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