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This is a section of Toolbox Talk articles for workers conducting toolbox talks and for everyone in the workplace doing a work activity.

Toolbox talk is a short meeting organised by the workers before the start of every work shift. They do this to keep themselves aware of the hazards in the activity that they want to do. 

The toolbox talk meeting is always within 5 to 15 minutes. The workers doing the job are expected to be present and participate fully.

The various subjects for a toolbox talk that the presenter can develop and present include;

  • Accident prevention.
  • Accident reporting.
  • Accident prevention and control.
  • Abrasive wheel.
  • Supervision and monitoring.
  • Chemical inhalation.
  • Construction site rules.
  • Demolition.Danger.
  • Dermatitis.
  • Drugs.
  • Dust.
  • Display screen equipment.
  • Equipment and vehicles.
  • Eye protection.
  • Eye google.
  • Fire.
  • Fire prevention.
  • Horseplay at work.
  • Manual handling.
  • Safe working limit.
  • Fire safety.
  • Flammable liquids.
  • Gas safety.
  • Flammable liquids.
  • Good Housekeeping.
  • Hammers.
  • Work tools.
  • Ladders.
  • Scaffolding.
  • Conveyors.
  • Hand protection.
  • Head Protection.
  • Harmful Substance.
  • Infections at work.
  • Legionella.
  • Leptospirosis.
  • Lifting Equipment.
  • Lone working.
  • Mobile elevated working platform.
  • Near misses.
  • Outdoor working.
  • Working under extreme weather conditions.
  • Overhead Services.
  • Portable Appliances Testing.
  • PPE use.
  • Permits to work.
  • RPE. 
  • Radiation.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Refuelling.
  • Roof work.
  • Safety awareness.
  • Safety Nets.
  • Screwdrivers.
  • Sharp edges.
  • Sharp surfaces.
  • Shift work.
  • Silica dust.
  • Skid loaders.
  • Construction skips.
  • Stress.
  • Tyre Safety.
  • Machine guarding.
  • Slip trip and fall.
  • dropped objects.
  • Oxygen deficiency
  • Power tools
  • Violence
  • Transport management.
  • Underground services.
  • Vibration.
  • Welfare services.
  • Young person.
  • Disabled person.
  • Drills.
  • Emergency Plan.
  • Emergency response kits.
  • First aid.
  • Zero Harm.
  • Work at height.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Use of Handglove.
horseplay at work toolbox talk

Toolbox talk on horseplay at work

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Toolbox talk on barricade

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Toolbox talk on working in the desert

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spray painting toolbox talk

Toolbox talk on spray painting safety

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office safety toolbox talk

Toolbox talk on office safety

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confined space permit toolbox talk

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noise hazard toolbox talk

Toolbox talk on noise hazard

Noise hazard toolbox talk Every day we experience sounds from our environment. For example, sounds from our radios, television, electrical appliances, vehicles, and equipment. Sometimes these sounds can be on a normal level.  However, some sounds can be loud and long-lasting. At that point, the… Read More »Toolbox talk on noise hazard

stop work authority safety toolbox talk

Stop work authority safety toolbox talk

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complacency in safety toolbox talk

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Toolbox talk on Wheelbarrow safety.

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