Safety Saturday

How to Conduct a Better Toolbox Talk

When done right, toolbox talks are a great and important tool to promote a culture of safety and reduce risks on site. Today’s Safety Saturday moment discusses delivering an effective toolbox talk.

There are five tips to keep in mind when giving your toolbox talk.

  1. Talk directly to your audience to keep them engaged. When they feel like they are involved in the topic at hand, they will pay more attention.
  2. Keep it brief. Attention spans are limited, so keeping your toolbox talk short and to the point will ensure it sticks.
  3. Stay positive. Keep the focus on what can be done to create a safe environment moving forward.
  4. Demonstrate your point. This will help to keep the conversation interactive.
  5. Tell a story, not a statistic. Stories make more of an impact than numbers.

When you follow these tips to keep your team engaged in your toolbox talk, you’ll be promoting a greater culture of safety.

Until next time, from all of us at the W. L. French Safety Department, stay safe out there.

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