What is a tool box talk?

Toolbox talks are generally a short meeting (10 to 15 minutes in length) that take place at the beginning of shift. They provide an opportunity for the Supervisors and workers to collaborate on how to safely perform the work planned for the upcoming shift.

  • KEEP YOUR TOOL BOX TALK POSITIVE AND INFORMATIVE!
  • REMEMBER TO REINFORCE DAY TO DAY LINE OF FIRE ISSUES!
  • NO CELL PHONE USE DURING TOOL BOX TALK!

 Your tool box talks:

  • Are safety-related discussions and/or information sharing.
  • Are timely and relevant to the work to be completed on that shift or provide learnings from similar work that was completed recently.
  • Are where the workers can bring forward new safety concerns and have them added to an action log.
  • Contain feedback for the worker on resolved safety concerns and outstanding action items with an update on expected completion time.
  • Are prepared in advance.  Bringing additional related materials like photos or tools are recommended.

Conducting the Tool Box Talk:

  • Conduct a Safety Moment and encourage others to bring a safety moment to share.
  • Conduct Tool Box Talk
  • Review a positive FLRA/FLHA
  • Review action items from the previous Tool Box Talk.
  • If previous action items have not been resolved issue a new due date.
  • Fill out Minutes, log any new action items and assign a due date and a person accountable.

After the Tool Box Talk:

  • Prepare to discuss your meeting with your supervisor with all minutes and actionable items.