Category Archives: Toolbox Talk Topics

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 […]

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 […]

Toolbox Talks for November: Monthly Toolbox Talks

A fatigued truck driver yawns while driving.

A lot of people struggle with topics for toolbox talks for November. It’s shoulder season and the safety issues aren’t as obvious as they are for other months. I’ve pulled together some issues that should be addressed in November. (But don’t forget that other safety topics should still be discussed too.) Weather Issues Guns N’ […]

Toolbox Talks for October: Monthly Toolbox Talks

Mature carpenter in workshop using circular saw while wearing eye protection at home

There’s no shortage of things to talk about in toolbox talks for October. The month is host to several safety awareness campaigns that cover issues like eye safety, hearing protection and fire safety. Weather can also be a big factor in October, especially when it comes to slips, trips and falls. Eye Safety (Especially at […]