Here’s a roundup of resources I’ve added to the safety resource library in the last month. I will do a roundup on the blog and send it out to subscribers on the first Monday of every month. (Except when it’s a holiday, like this month, and then it happens on the next working day.)
Non-members are welcome to follow along as I create toolbox talks and other resources but they won’t be able to download them without signing up for a membership (which you can do here).
This month I’ve added a bunch of new toolbox talks, plus two new types of resources: sign-in sheets and safety bulletins.
Reminder: Subscribers need to be logged in to download these toolbox talks and other safety resources. If you’re not already logged in you can sign into your account here.
New Safety Bulletins
Safety bulletins are a multi-use safety resource. Depending on your specific needs, they can be used as mini-posters, as handouts, distributed as memos, or provided to supervisors for reference. They can even be used as the basis for tooblox talks. (Though I don’t recommend just reading out the entire bulletin, as it will be too much rapid-fire information for workers to effectively absorb.)
I’ve created five safety bulletins as a trial. I’d love to hear what you think of them so feel free to get in touch with any feedback. (If you’re not a subscriber, I’ll be adding one sample safety bulletin to the free downloadable toolbox talks in the next few days.)
General tips for using knives in the workplace.
Safety tips for extension ladders.
Best practices to stay safe when using extension ladders.
Stay alert to the risk factors and symptoms of fatigue.
Recognize when safety shortcuts happen and how dangerous they can be.
New Sign-in Sheets
I’ve created a simple sign-in sheet that collects names and signatures to track who attended toolbox talks and safety meetings.
But if you’re only using safety meeting sign-in sheets to take attendance then you’re missing out on a chance to reinforce the core message of your toolbox talk. So I’ve created seven additional safety sheets that get workers to sign their name and answer one of several key questions:
- What will you do to stay safe today?
- What’s the most important safety practice we discussed in this toolbox talk?
- How does this talk apply to your job?
- What were you asked to do at the end of the toolbox talk?
- What was this toolbox talk about?
- What did you learn in this toolbox talk?
- Which hazard will you pay extra attention to today?
If that’s not enough, I’ve also created two version of each sign-in sheet for toolbox talks. There is a detailed version, which gives you space to fill in info about who ran the toolbox talk, what topic you covered, etc. There’s also a simple version that just collects names and answers.
The sign-in sheets can be found at the bottom of the resource library.
If you have any variations on the sign-up sheet that you’d like to see, feel free to submit a request. (There’s no additional cost for requests from subscribers.)
New Toolbox Talks
Here are the new toolbox talks I’ve added in the past month.
Talk #49: Working on Scaffolding
(Best Practices / Q&A)
There are several safety issues that workers should keep in mind when they work on scaffolding. This talk reinforces a few best practices for working on scaffolding and then poses questions about each one.
Talk #50: Head Protection for Falling Objects
(Scenario / Q&A)
Wearing head protection is an incredibly important part of workplace safety. But many workers can get in the habit of removing their head protection at certain times. This toolbox talk remind workers why hard hats need to be worn at all times.
Talk #51: Recognizing the Signs of Fatigue
(Hazard Awareness / Q&A)
Fatigue is so common that many people shrug it off or ignore it. This toolbox talk helps workers recognize when they’re tired and discuss the impact that fatigue has on personal safety.
Talk #52: Stories About Eye Incidents
(Fact / Story-sharing)
This toolbox talk tells workers the statistics on how many people hurt their eyes every year. It also gets them to share stories and personal experiences about eye incidents and near misses. By highlighting how easy it is to have something strike or get caught in the eyes, this talk emphasizes the importance of wearing PPE and being aware of hazards.
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 #54: Avoiding the Temptation to Take Safety Shortcuts
(Hazard Awareness / What-if)
This toolbox talk presents three types of situations in which people are most likely to take safety shortcuts. It also starts a conversation about how workers can prevent themselves and others from taking safety shortcuts at work.
Talk #55: Using the Wrong Tool as a Pry Bar
(Scenario / Q&A)
Using the wrong tool for the job is one of the most common safety shortcuts that workers take. This toolbox talk reminds workers of the potential consequences of using the wrong tool.
Talk #56: Distractions for Forklift Operators
(Hazard Awareness / Poll)
Forklift operators can be distracted by a number of different sources. Use this toolbox talk to poll workers on forklift operator distractions in order to highlight how easy it is to get distracted when driving a forklift.
Talk #57: Proper Use of a Utility Knife
(Scenario / Reverse Safety)
When it comes to utility knife safety, workers need to do lots of small things properly. This toolbox talk presents a scenario of someone using a utility knife properly, from inspecting the blade at the beginning of their shift to replacing the blade when it’s dull. It also encourages workers to discuss all the things that could go wrong.
Get In Touch!
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, requests, suggestions or just want to chat about toolbox talks, you can get in touch via the contact form or by replying to the last email I sent you.