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Toolbox Talks are informal safety meetings that address workplace hazards and safe work practices. They help promote an organizational culture that is healthy, safe, and supportive. Intended to supplement safety training, not replace it, Toolbox Talks can help kick off safety initiatives and identify areas to improve workplace safety.
The Toolbox Talks (Safety) Thumball looks like a cool soccer ball and has 32 panels pre-printed with cogent phrases suited for adults in the workplace. Use it to stimulate conversation, promote team spirit, and boost flagging energy.
Toolbox Talks Thumball Questions
- What should you do if you're not feeling well?
- What should you do if someone gets hurt?
- What should you do if someone's doing something dangerous?
- What can you do if you're bullied or harassed?
- What should you do if you witness harassment or bullying?
- If you suspect substance abuse, what should you do?
- How can we make our workplace safer?
- How can I improve my overall well-being?
- What are appropriate clothing guidelines for our company?
- What accidents happen most frequently in our environment?
- How are we “covered” in case of accident? As Individuals? As company?
- What workplace activities are best not done alone?
- What is my greatest safety fear and what can WE do about it?
- What bad habits do we need to break to be safer?
- “It's all fun until someone gets hurt.” Truth or Myth?
- Why is all this safety talk necessary?
- What holiday causes the most safety issues?
- The safety rule that is hardest to comply with is¦
- Do I feel safer in the summer or winter? Why?
- What do I look for on product warning labels?
- How might my carelessness affect others?
- How would my being injured affect those around me (at work and home)?
- How might the weather affect my safety?
- What risks do I take each and every day at work?
- What three strategies would make me a safer driver?
- In what ways are our safety protocols lacking?
- Who should identify workplace hazards?
- How should we treat violations of safety protocols?
- Name 5 items of clothing that can improve your safety
- How does mobile phone use affect workplace safety?
- A safety protocol at work that should be changed is . . .
- Toss again
[NOTE: Silver Series Conversation Prompts are available as Thumballs, UNZiP-IT! Pocket & Deck, and Virtual/Remote PPT.]
** TIPS **
Frame the discussion: Explain that the goal is to create a "safer" environment (physically and emotionally), to reduce the probability of injury, and to raise organizational awareness of safety issues. The point is to raise awareness and not to point fingers.
Intended to supplement safety training, not replace it, the Toolbox Talks Thumball can help kick off safety initiatives and identify areas to improve workplace safety.
* Discuss similarities or differences in replies.
* Have everyone respond to the same prompt.
* Toss the ba!! and pick a single topic on which to focus your weekly safety meeting.
Be prepared: Toolbox Talks are likely to raise questions about proper safety checklists or "correct" techniques for first aid, fire prevention, CPR, etc. Several websites provide such information sheets with ready answers pertaining to a variety of work situations:
Favorites include: * cpwr.com * safetytoolboxtopics.com * ehs.harvard.edu
Take notes for follow-up: While this is a discussion-starter tool, it may surface organizational issues or uncover gaps in knowledge about recommended safety protocols. Keep a list of follow-up actions that are identified during discussions.
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