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Aerial Lifts
Talk #20: Using a Bucket Truck Near Power Lines
(Hands-on/Demo / Q&A)

This toolbox talk gets people thinking about the major steps to operating a bucket truck safely near power lines.

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Back Safety
Talk #24: Proper Lifting Technique
(Hands-on/Demo / Q&A)

Review proper lifting technique—and give workers an opportunity to practice and discuss it.

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Talk #16: Taking Breaks While Carrying Heavy Objects
(Scenario / Story-sharing)

Share the story of an employee who was injured because he didn’t rest his back while carrying heavy objects. Get workers sharing their own stories too.

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Talk #7: Back Safety Awareness
(Off-the-job / Q&A)

Highlight the consequences of a back injury by talking about how it could affect workers’ personal lives.

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety
Talk #47: Using Wheel Chocks on the Road
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Review several safety issues when using wheel chocks on the road and get workers to discuss wheel chock safety.

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Talk #37: Getting On and Off Heavy Equipment
(Best Practices / Reverse Safety)

Outline several best practices for avoiding getting hurt when entering and exiting large vehicles and other heavy equipment.

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Confined Spaces
Talk #36: Detecting H2S By Smell
(Best Practices / Quiz)

Explain why it’s a bad idea to attempt to detect H2S by smell and quiz workers on the proper way to test for and safely deal with H2S.

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Talk #34: Confined Spaces Review
(Pep Talk / Q&A)

Encourage workers to make use of their safety knowledge and get them to remind their co-workers about confined spaces safety.

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Cuts/Contusions
Talk #57: Proper Use of a Utility Knife
(Scenario / Reverse Safety)

Present a scenario of someone using a utility knife properly and encourage workers to discuss what could go wrong.

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Talk #23: Putting Knives Away Safely
(Scenario / Q&A)

Present a story about a worker who cuts himself, and deliver an important lesson: knife blades need to be retracted whenever they are put down or away.

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Talk #14: Preventing Knife Cuts
(Best Practices / Poll)

Remind people about the three best practices for preventing knife cuts. This talk can be conducted in less time than most other talks.

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Driving & Vehicles
Talk #35: Unsafe Driving in Golf Carts
(Hazard Awareness / Reverse Safety)

Discuss common incidents that result from driving a golf cart unsafely, and remind workers about the dangers of speeding. This talk can be modified for other types of light workplace vehicles.

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Talk #12: Driving in Winter Conditions
(Fact / Story-sharing)

Present several alarming stats on road collisions caused by winter weather and get people sharing stories about their own experience.

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Talk #5: Distracted Driving: Phantom Ringing
(News / Q&A)

Engage workers with an interesting piece of research that reveals an under-the-radar way that cell phones can distract drivers.

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Talk #1: Slips & falls around vehicles
(Fact / Story-sharing)

Slips, trips and falls often occur when people enter or exit a vehicle. Get workers to pay attention to this frequently overlooked issue.

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Electrical Safety
Talk #48: Protecting Oneself from Electrical Incidents
(Fact / Q&A)

Present two statistics about lost-time electrical injuries and remind workers about how to protect themselves from electrical incidents.

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Sample Talk #3: Electrical safety at home
(Off-the-job / Story-sharing)

Increase awareness of workplace hazards via a discussion of at-home electrical safety.

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Emergency Preparation
Talk #28: Emergency Occurrences
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)

Help workers anticipate different emergency situations that could occur in the workplace.

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Talk #19: What If There’s an Emergency?
(Best Practices / What-if)

Get workers talking about hypothetical emergency situations so they’ll be more prepared should the real thing ever happen.

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Eye Safety
Talk #52: Stories About Eye Incidents
(Fact / Story-sharing)

Tells workers the statistics on how many people hurt their eyes every year, and share personal experiences about eye incidents and near misses.

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Talk #42: Eye Safety At Home
(Off-the-job / Q&A)

Encourage employees to take eye safety at home more seriously and get them to consider potential eye safety issues around the house.

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Talk #21: Using Screens/Guards for Eye Safety
(Pep Talk / What-if)

Talk to workers about why and how they will choose to use screens/guards to protect their eyes.

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Talk #13: Eye Safety Hazard Awareness
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)

Use this toolbox talk to get workers thinking about eye safety dangers in the workplace. Works as a standalone talk or as a follow-up to Talk #4.

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Talk #4: Eye Safety Practices
(Best Practices / Poll)

Review best practices in eye safety: importance of using proper PPE to protect eyes, making use of guarding/screens, and knowing workplace hazards.

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Fatigue
Talk #51: Recognizing the Signs of Fatigue
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)

Help workers recognize when they’re tired and discuss the impact that fatigue has on personal safety.

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Talk #38: Using a Hand Grinder While Tired
(Scenario / Q&A)

Show the safety implications of using a tool while tired and discuss how workers can notice early warning signs that they are fatigued.

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Forklifts
Talk #56: Distractions for Forklift Operators
(Hazard Awareness / Poll)

Poll workers on forklift operator distractions in order to highlight how easy it is to get distracted when driving a forklift.

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Talk #29: Forklift Safety Basics
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Outline general best practices of forklift safety and reinforce them with targeted questions.

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Sample Talk #2: Forklift Operator Safety
(Fact / Reverse Safety)

Highlight the dangers that forklift operators pose to themselves with a sobering statistic and practical discussion of risk.

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Gases
Talk #36: Detecting H2S By Smell
(Best Practices / Quiz)

Explain why it’s a bad idea to attempt to detect H2S by smell and quiz workers on the proper way to test for and safely deal with H2S.

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Hand Safety
Talk #31: Hand Injuries
(Fact / Story-sharing)

Let workers know how frequently hand injuries happen on the job and get them to share stories about their own hand-related incidents.

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Talk #3: Hand Safety Motivation
(Pep Talk / Q&A)

Give workers a pep talk on hand safety.

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Head Safety
Talk #50: Head Protection for Falling Objects
(Scenario / Q&A)

Present a scenario that reminds workers why hard hats need to be worn at all times.

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Talk #22: Wearing Hard Hats
(Fact / Quiz)

Encourage workers to wear hard hats and look out for each other’s head safety.

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Heavy Equipment
Talk #37: Getting On and Off Heavy Equipment
(Best Practices / Reverse Safety)

Outline several best practices for avoiding getting hurt when entering and exiting large vehicles and other heavy equipment.

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Housekeeping
Talk #25: Housekeeping for Slips, Trips & Falls
(Pep Talk / Q&A)

Provide additional motivation for workplace housekeeping, including a sense of pride in one’s work and an obligation to take care of co-workers.

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Knife Safety
Talk #57: Proper Use of a Utility Knife
(Scenario / Reverse Safety)

Present a scenario of someone using a utility knife properly and encourage workers to discuss what could go wrong.

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Talk #23: Putting Knives Away Safely
(Scenario / Q&A)

Present a story about a worker who cuts himself, and deliver an important lesson: knife blades need to be retracted whenever they are put down or away.

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Talk #14: Preventing Knife Cuts
(Best Practices / Poll)

Remind people about the three best practices for preventing knife cuts. This talk can be conducted in less time than most other talks.

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Ladders
Talk #53: Ladder Safety Best Practices
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Review ladder safety best practices by taking an approach that empathizes with workers and reinforces 3-point contact.

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Talk #39: Common Causes of Falls from Ladders
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)

Present the major causes of ladder incidents and then start a discussion on each one.

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Talk #2: Falling from a Ladder
(News / Reverse Safety)

This toolbox talk uses a story from the news to get workers to discuss factors that can lead to someone falling from a ladder.

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Sample Talk #1: Slips & Trips on Ladders
(Scenario / Q&A)

Highlight the risks of slipping or tripping on the bottom few rungs of a ladder—a danger that is often overlooked by workers.

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Loading Docks
Talk #41: Loading Dock Hazards
(Hazard Awareness / Reverse Safety)

Remind people about the most common safety issues when working on a loading dock and discuss how these hazards can lead to injury.

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Lockout/tagout (LOTO)
Talk #40: Lockout/tagout Quiz
(Hazard Awareness / Quiz)

Quiz workers on what each step is, in order, for the lockout/tagout process.

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Talk #27: Lockout/tagout After Maintenance
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Remind workers about the lockout/tagout steps that must be followed in order to safely re-start machinery.

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Talk #26: Lockout/tagout Before Maintenance
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Provide a refresher on the lockout/tagout steps that are required before performing maintenance on machinery or equipment.

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PPE
Talk #50: Head Protection for Falling Objects
(Scenario / Q&A)

Present a scenario that reminds workers why hard hats need to be worn at all times.

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Talk #22: Wearing Hard Hats
(Fact / Quiz)

Encourage workers to wear hard hats and look out for each other’s head safety.

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Talk #15: How to Use a Respirator
(Hands-on/Demo / Q&A)

Walk workers through the proper steps to use a respirator and make sure it’s on properly. This talk may take longer to conduct.

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Talk #6: The Proper Use of Fall Protection
(Hands-on/Demo / Reverse safety)

Give workers a much-needed refresher on the proper use of fall protection with a hands-on/demo that gets everyone participating.

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Talk #4: Eye Safety Practices
(Best Practices / Poll)

Review best practices in eye safety: importance of using proper PPE to protect eyes, making use of guarding/screens, and knowing workplace hazards.

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Talk #3: Hand Safety Motivation
(Pep Talk / Q&A)

Give workers a pep talk on hand safety.

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Sample Talk #4: motivation for fall protection
(Pep talk / What-if)

Increase the likelihood that fall protection will be used when working at heights by providing some positive motivation.

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Seasonal/Outdoor Work
Talk #33: Recognizing Heat Stress
(Best Practices / What-if)

Help workers recognize and respond to symptoms of heat stress, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rash and overexposure to the sun. This is a good follow-up to Talk #32.

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Talk #32: Hot Weather Injuries
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)

Outline the most frequent hot weather injuries (like heat stroke and exhaustion) and have a conversation about how to prevent them.

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Talk #12: Driving in Winter Conditions
(Fact / Story-sharing)

Present several alarming stats on road collisions caused by winter weather and get people sharing stories about their own experience.

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Talk #11: Winter Safety At Home
(Off-the-job / Reverse Safety)

Connect the dots between home safety and work safety, and make workers safer when it’s cold, snowy and icy.

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Talk #10: Recognizing Cold Stress
(Best Practices / What-if)

Help workers recognize and respond to symptoms of hypothermia, frost bit and trench foot. This is a good follow-up to Talk #9.

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Talk #9: Cold Weather Injuries
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)

Remind workers about the three most common injuries caused by the cold: hypothermia, frost bit and trench foot.

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Shortcuts
Talk #55: Using the Wrong Tool as a Pry Bar
(Scenario / Q&A)

Remind workers of the potential consequences of using the wrong tool for the job.

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Talk #54: Avoiding the Temptation to Take Safety Shortcuts
(Hazard Awareness / What-if)

Present three types of situations in which people are most likely to take safety shortcuts, and talk to workers about not taking shortcuts at work.

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Talk #46: Breaking a Leg Jumping Down
(Scenario / Q&A)

Present a scenario in which a worker breaks her leg because she didn’t use the proper access point, and start a discussion about how it applies to your workplace.

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Talk #45: Taking Safety Shortcuts
(Pep Talk / Q&A)

Give people a pep talk about avoiding cutting corners, and remind them that they have the skills and experience to get the job done without taking a shortcut.

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Slips, Trips & Falls
Talk #43: Slipping or Tripping When Distracted
(Pep Talk / Story-sharing)

Talk about how common it is for people to slip or trip when they aren’t paying attention, and get workers to share stories about distraction-related slips, trips and falls.

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Talk #37: Getting On and Off Heavy Equipment
(Best Practices / Reverse Safety)

Outline several best practices for avoiding getting hurt when entering and exiting large vehicles and other heavy equipment.

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Talk #30: Slip & Fall on Scaffolding
(News / Q&A)

Present a news story of someone dying on the job because they slipped and fell from a scaffold, and start a discussion about scaffolding safety.

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Talk #25: Housekeeping for Slips, Trips & Falls
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Provide additional motivation for workplace housekeeping, including a sense of pride in one’s work and an obligation to take care of co-workers.

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Talk #18: Four Causes of Slips, Trips & Falls
(Hazard Awareness / Poll)

Highlight the four biggest causes of slips, trips and falls. End with a dynamic call to action that commits workers to reducing their personal risk.

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Talk #1: Slips & falls around vehicles
(Fact / Story-sharing)

Slips, trips and falls often occur when people enter or exit a vehicle. Get workers to pay attention to this frequently overlooked issue.

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Sample Talk #1: Slips & Trips on Ladders
(Scenario / Q&A)

Highlight the risks of slipping or tripping on the bottom few rungs of a ladder—a danger that is often overlooked by workers.

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Tools
Talk #57: Proper Use of a Utility Knife
(Scenario / Reverse Safety)

Present a scenario of someone using a utility knife properly and encourage workers to discuss what could go wrong.

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Talk #55: Using the Wrong Tool as a Pry Bar
(Scenario / Q&A)

Remind workers of the potential consequences of using the wrong tool for the job.

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Talk #38: Using a Hand Grinder While Tired
(Scenario / Q&A)

Show the safety implications of using a tool while tired and discuss how workers can notice early warning signs that they are fatigued.

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Talk #23: Putting Knives Away Safely
(Scenario / Q&A)

Present a story about a worker who cuts himself, and deliver an important lesson: knife blades need to be retracted whenever they are put down or away.

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Talk #17: Power Saw Dangers
(Hazard Awareness / Poll)

Talk about two common problems with power saws: things getting caught in the blade or shooting out from the blade.

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Talk #14: Preventing Knife Cuts
(Best Practices / Poll)

Remind people about the three best practices for preventing knife cuts. This talk can be conducted in less time than most other talks.

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Wastewater
Talk #44: Avoiding Infection from Working Near Sewage
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Present best practices that reduce the risk of infection when working near sewage and ask questions to explore each best practice in more detail.

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Talk #36: Detecting H2S By Smell
(Best Practices / Quiz)

Explain why it’s a bad idea to attempt to detect H2S by smell and quiz workers on the proper way to test for and safely deal with H2S.

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Working at Height
Talk #53: Ladder Safety Best Practices
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Review ladder safety best practices by taking an approach that empathizes with workers and reinforces 3-point contact.

 

Talk #49: Working on Scaffolding
(Best Practices / Q&A)

Review and discuss general best practices of scaffolding safety.

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Talk #39: Common Causes of Falls from Ladders
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)

Present the major causes of ladder incidents and then start a discussion on each one.

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Talk #30: Slip & Fall on Scaffolding
(News / Q&A)

Present a news story of someone dying on the job because they slipped and fell from a scaffold, and start a discussion about scaffolding safety.

 

Talk #20: Using a Bucket Truck Near Power Lines
(Scenario / Q&A)

This toolbox talk gets people thinking about the major steps to operating a bucket truck safely near power lines.

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Talk #8: Tethering Tools
(Fact / What-if)

This talk reminds workers about the importance of tethering tools and prepares them for situations when lanyards should be used but aren’t.

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Talk #6: The Proper Use of Fall Protection
(Hands-on/Demo / Reverse safety)

Give workers a much-needed refresher on the proper use of fall protection with a hands-on/demo that gets everyone participating.

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Sample Talk #4: motivation for fall protection
(Pep talk / What-if)

Increase the likelihood that fall protection will be used when working at heights by providing some positive motivation.

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Safety Bulletins

Fatigue
Bulletin #4: Fatigue Awareness

Stay alert to the risk factors and symptoms of fatigue.

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Knife Safety
Bulletin #1: Knife Safety

General tips for using knives in the workplace.

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Ladder Safety
Bulletin #3: Climbing Extension Ladders

Best practices to stay safe when using extension ladders.

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Bulletin #2: Extension Ladder Safety

Safety tips for extension ladders.

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Shortcuts
Bulletin #5: Safety Shortcuts

Recognize when safety shortcuts happen and how dangerous they can be.

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Sign-in Sheets

Detailed Sign-in Sheets
Sign-in Sheet #8: What Will You Do To Stay Safe Today?

This sign-in sheet gets people to think for themselves about how to stay safe.

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Sign-in Sheet #7: What’s the Most Important Safety Practice We Discussed In This Toolbox Talk?

Reinforce best practices by getting workers to write them on the sign-in sheet.

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Sign-in Sheet #6: How Does This Talk Apply To Your Job?

Have workers apply lessons from the toolbox talk to their own work situations.

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Sign-in Sheet #5: What Were You Asked To Do At the End of The Toolbox Talk?

Reinforce the call to action and ensure everyone understands what they’re expected to do. (Only use this sign-in sheet if your toolbox talk has a single, clear call to action.)

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Sign-in Sheet #4: What Was This Toolbox Talk About?

Make sure everyone is on the same page by having them write down the topic.

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Sign-in Sheet #3: What Did You Learn In This Toolbox Talk?

This sign-in sheet gets workers to write down key learning points in their own words.

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Sign-in Sheet #2: Which Hazard Will You Pay Extra Attention To Today?

Get each worker to think about a hazard they will watch out for.

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Sign-in Sheet #1: Basic

A straightforward sign-in sheet to record names and signatures.

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Simple Sign-in Sheets
Sign-in Sheet #8: What Will You Do To Stay Safe Today?

This sign-in sheet gets people to think for themselves about how to stay safe.

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Sign-in Sheet #7: What’s the Most Important Safety Practice WE Discussed In This Toolbox Talk?

Reinforce best practices by getting workers to write them on the sign-in sheet.

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Sign-in Sheet #6: How Does This Talk Apply To Your Job?

Have workers apply lessons from the toolbox talk to their own work situations.

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Sign-in Sheet #5: What Were You Asked To Do At the End of The Toolbox Talk?

Reinforce the call to action and ensure everyone understands what they’re expected to do. (Only use this sign-in sheet if your toolbox talk has a single, clear call to action.)

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Sign-in Sheet #4: What Was This Toolbox Talk About?

Make sure everyone is on the same page by having them write down the topic.

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Sign-in Sheet #3: What Did You Learn In This Toolbox Talk?

This sign-in sheet gets workers to write down key learning points in their own words.

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Sign-in Sheet #2: Which Hazard Will You Pay Extra Attention To Today?

Get each worker to think about a hazard they will watch out for.

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Sign-in Sheet #1: Basic

A straightforward sign-in sheet to record names and signatures.

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