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 job-site 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 for others.
   

Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks

The free OSHA training toolbox talks provided 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.

Users 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


Personal Protective Equipment

CLICK HERE for Ten (10) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 

Hazard Communication / GHS

CLICK HERE for Twelve (12) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Hazard Communication / GHS

 

Fire Protection and Prevention

CLICK HERE for Twelve (12) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Fire Extinguishers and Fire Prevention

 

Lockout/Tagout - The Control of Hazardous Energy

CLICK HERE for Twelve (12) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Lockout-Tagout


Portable Tool and Equipment Safety

CLICK HERE for Twelve (12) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Tool and Equipment Safety

 

Ladder Safety

CLICK HERE for Twelve (12) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Ladder Safety


Basic Electrical Safety

CLICK HERE for Twelve (12) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Basic Electrical Safety

  

Basic Scaffold Safety

CLICK HERE for Twelve (12) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Basic Scaffold Safety

 

Trenching and Excavation Safety

CLICK HERE for Sixteen (16) Free OSHA Training Toolbox Talks about Trenching and Excavation Safety

 

Fall Protection / Prevention

Toolbox Talk #111 - Fall Prevention / Protection - General Stat's about Slips, Trips, and Falls

Toolbox Talk #112- Fall Protection / Prevention - Preventing Slips in the Workplace

Toolbox Talk #113 - Fall Prevention / Protection - Role of Footwear in Preventing Slips

Toolbox Talk #114 - Fall Prevention - Preventing Trip Hazards in the Workplace

Toolbox Talk #115 - Fall Prevention - Important Info / Warnings About Guardrails

Toolbox Talk #116 - Fall Protection - Full Body Fall Arrest Harnesses - Do's and Don'ts

Toolbox Talk #117 - Fall Protection - Lanyards - Do's and Don'ts

Toolbox Talk #118 - Fall Protection - Fall Arrest Anchor Points

Toolbox Talk #119 - Fall Protection - Calculating Total Fall Clearance Distances

Toolbox Talk #120 - Fall Protection - Safeguarding Holes in Walking & Working Surfaces

NOVEMBER 2020 - Toolbox Talk #121

DECEMBER 2020 - Toolbox Talk # 122

 


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OSHA Training Toolbox Talks

One free OSHA training toolbox talk is posted every month. Open one up, print it off, and read / discuss with your workers. They all come with a sign-in sheet you can use to document the toolbox talk and keep on file to demonstrate your on-going commitment to workplace safety, and a few even come with a handout for the employees. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, personal protective equipment (PPE), Hazard Communication, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for container labeling requirements, the new format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), tool safety, ladder safety, scaffold safety, and lockout/tagout. Many of these free OSHA training toolbox talks are appropriate for use in most any work environment (manufacturing, construction, medical/dental, service industry . . .). Many other OSHA training topics covered as well. Download one, or all, of them today! 

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