⚪Host your “Tool Box Talk” at least one time a month (but weekly is even better). ⚪BIA has supplied you with 12 “Tool Box” talks - one for each month. ⚪Post the “Tool Box Talk” handout on the office safety bulletin board until the next talk is held. ⚪Do not allow the public or other employees to post on your bulletin board lest you open the door to other groups, such as unions, to post as well. ⚪When the next talk is held, remove the previous “Tool Box Talk” handout and put it in a Safety binder. ⚪Include the sign in sheet with the “Tool Box Talk” handout. ⚪Each month you should have one safety handout and one sign-in sheet. ⚪These will serve as your records in a Workman’s’ Comp. audit. Presentation Tips: Complacency is a large factor in workplace incidents. “Toolbox Talks” are a great way to combat that by discussing hazards and workplace safety practices that reduce risks of injury. These tips may help keep your talks engaging, contribute to an improved safety culture, and keep important safety topics fresh in employees’ minds. 1. Talk directly to your audience. If workers don’t feel the topic applies directly to them you will have a hard time keeping their interest. 2. Keep it brief. People have limited attention spans and they’ll eventually start tuning you out no matter how important the topic of your safety meeting is. Hence BIA’s “Toolbox Talk” Handouts are only one page. 3. Stay positive! Keep the focus on what can be done to create a safe work environment instead of focusing on what has gone wrong in the past. 4. Tell a story, not a statistic. People believe stats but they remember stories. Storytelling is a powerful method of conveying information and helping listeners identify with it and keep it top of mind—which is the goal of a toolbox talk. 5. Demonstrate your point. Demonstrations, discussions and hands-on examples are all effective ways to get people to participate—and it will help them retain more of the information, too.
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