Section 44(3) of the Workplace Safety & Health Act requires each employer with 5 or more workers at a construction site to provide safety education or “toolbox talks” every 2 weeks for 30 minutes. The generally accepted practice is to conduct weekly toolbox talks for 15 minutes
Toolbox talks are short, daily discussions or presentations by qualified staff to the employees. Often participants gather around the project tool box, hence the name.
A toolbox talk is focused on one specific topic and addresses it in simple terms, and it is often related to safety issues.
A toolbox talk provides an opportunity for a supervisor to emphasize the importance of a particular issue or procedure, and for employees to ask questions or make serious comments or suggestions.
We can assist you in developing your job specific toolbox talks or present them to your company.