One of the fundamental rights of an employee is to be informed of the hazards and risk that he or she may be exposed to. The employer has a legal duty to provide a workplace that is safe and free from risk for the employee. Tool Box Talks is a great tool which assists with these rights and duties.
WHERE AND HOW LONG?
Once a week (at least)
Before the start of a shift
No longer than 10-15 min.
MANAGING TOOL BOX TALKS
Small Sites - all employees at point of meeting
Large Sites - split employees into smaller groups as divided under supervision
Specific to construction activities and related hazards
Incident recall - discuss incidents that occurred on the site
List of topics available in the MBA OHS Construction Manual
It is not just the Health and Safety Officer but also the site management's responsibility to ensure that all employees are informed on task specific risks on a regular basis. Tool Box Talks must be held in addition to general induction and specific task training.
It is important to keep a record of all the topics and employees that attended the Toolbox Talks. This could be used as proof that the employer informed the employee of a certain risk or hazard.