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It is important that Company workforce has
the required skills and training to perform the
task competently in a healthy, safe and
environmentally sound manner.
Toolbox Talks are essential reminder for the
potential hazard associated with the planned
work and accordingly execute control
measures prior to start the work.
It is also an effective means of increasing
HSE skill of workers on the risks involved and
the precautions required, when carrying out
their jobs.
Why tbts
HSE Toolbox Talks is intended to assist
supervisors who select topics for presentation
to workers before starting a work.
It is based on good demonstrated practice,
however the talk may be modified as suitable
to particular HSE requirements.
The HSE Toolbox Talk Manual covers various
divergent topics, but it is not exhaustive and
has ample scope of addition concerning the
nature of work.

It provides guidance to Worksite Supervisors
conducting toolbox talks with the workers
regularly, selecting various topics from this series.
Contractor supervisors or worksite supervisor are
also encouraged to cover these topics as subjects
of presentation / discussion with workers.

The immediate supervisor or worksite supervisor
briefs his crew on:
The work to be carried out
The potential hazards associated with that work
Precautions needed to carry out the job
correctly and safely.

Features of a Successful Tool Box
Given before the start of a task.
Given by the immediate supervisor of the crew who will
carry out the work.
Conducted Face to face.
Outlines the job or task to be done.
Breaks it down into steps.
Highlights key steps.
Emphasizes critical safety precautions.
Checks & ensures (through questions & corrections) that
crew understands the work & its precautionary measures.
Summarizes the HSE points covered and asks relevant
questions before deploying workers to start the job.

Preparation by the Supervisor
Decide on the topic. Choose something that involves
the current job, an accident that has occurred, or
something relevant to the workforce.
Write down the key points to be covered in the talk,
which should normally be of 10 (ten) minutes
Write down the reasons explaining why these key
points are important to the workforce. Do these
make the job easier, safer, and quicker?

Preparation by the Supervisor
Put the points in a logical order.
Gather any visual aids to illustrate the talk. These
could be booklets, tools, and examples of good / bad
Check that the venue (of Toolbox Talk) is suitable, so
that everybody can see and hear clearly.
Tell the audience about the time and the place of
Toolbox Talk.
Check out the venue and audio - visual aids.

Use common sense in selecting a topic. Failure on
your part to select an appropriate topic to present
will result in uninterested workers, a waste of
everyones time and a loss of creditability on the
part of company management.
Observe job-safety techniques.
Focus on what is important (and mandatory).
Listen to and follow up on company Safety
Committee and employee recommendations.
Identify what poor work practices are causing
injuries or accidents on the job. Plan for and
schedule out for a month so you have time to
research and possibly modify your company policy.

TBTs records
Keep a record of the worker who
attended & the topic covered during
the talk.

Follow up questions that could not be

answered at the meeting