Forklift Toolbox Talks: Ideas for Powerful Safety Meetings on Forklifts

Two workers talk safety on a forklift

If forklifts are used in your workplace then you should be holding regular safety talks on them. Period. Even though operators have to be certified, it’s still a good idea to run forklift toolbox talks to keep drivers and pedestrians alert and thinking about forklift safety. I’m going to outline some ideas and other things […]

Toolbox Talks for August: Monthly Toolbox Talks

Construction workers are standing on scaffodling at sunset

If you ask me, August is the the most challenging month for tailgate meetings. So what should you do for toolbox talks for August? I’ve got a few ideas for you. The most common and obvious hazard is the temperature, but if your workers are affected by heat stress then you’ve already been talking about […]

A Great Fire Extinguisher Toolbox Talk

A row of red fire extinguishers ready for fire safety exercise.

Every now and then, someone sends me a story or toolbox tip that I just have to share. That was definitely the case with a recent email I received about an idea for a fire extinguisher toolbox talk. Though perhaps “talk” isn’t quite the right word for it. The email was from Rick Demaray, the […]

Toolbox Talks for July: Monthly Topics for Safety Meetings

A Construction Worker Removes PPE on Hot Day in July

There is lots to talk about in toolbox talks for July. From the weather heating up to important off-the-job issues, there’s no shortage of relevant toolbox topics. If you’re not sure what to discuss in safety meetings in July, here are a few items to consider covering. Heat Stress Heat stress is a recurring theme […]

8 Ways to Improve Toolbox Talks and Hold Awesome Safety Meetings

Workers wearing hard hats and safety glasses in the middle of a toolbox talk focused on risk assessment

Nobody is perfect at delivering safety talks. Fortunately, there are lots of different ways to improve toolbox talks, and making incremental improvements will lead to much more effective  talks down the road. Here are several ways to start holding better toolbox talks and tailgate meetings. Why not pick one and start working on it now? […]

How the Right Attitude Makes Toolbox Talks Better

Two Workers Engaging in a Positive Discussion

Employees aren’t always eager to participate in toolbox talks. In many workplaces, people treat toolbox talks like they’re a trip to the dentist. Workers only show up because they have to, no one wants to participate, and everyone is glad when the talk is over. There’s always a reason why toolbox talks aren’t viewed positively. […]

6 Unexpected Places to Find New Toolbox Topics

Safety publications are a great place to discover new toolbox topics

Writer’s block is real and it doesn’t just happen to writers—safety managers and supervisors can suffer from it too. It can feel almost impossible to come up with new toolbox topics, especially If you’ve been discussing the same safety issues for years. Personally, I think this might be the most underrated problem in running consistent […]

The One Guaranteed Way to Kill Toolbox Talks

This construction supervisor is wearing a red hard hat and pointing and yelling at someone.

I’ve talked to a lot of different people about how they run their toolbox talks. Nobody does things exactly the same way. But there’s one aspect that just about everyone has in common—their toolbox talks aren’t perfect. It’s easy to make an error here of there in planning, writing or executing talks. That’s not exactly […]

9 Benefits of Toolbox Talks (If You Get Them Right)

Three construction workers with safety vests and hard hats in a good mood after a tailgate talk.

Too many people treat toolbox talks like a chore. I’ve never understood why. There are tons of benefits to toolbox talks if you conduct them regularly and get them right. Even better, they provide such an outsized impact on safety attitudes and outcomes when compared to the time and effort spent in preparing and delivering […]

Warning: 5 Sure-Fire Ways to Ruin Toolbox Talks

A safety sign warns employees about a workplace hazard

Delivering toolbox talks doesn’t have to be complicated. But to get them right, you need to do several things before, during and after each toolbox talk. Here are several ways that a safety talk can go off the rails—make any of these fives mistakes and you’ll be missing out on a lot of the value […]