TOOLBOX TALK 54/60
TOPIC: WATCHING OUT FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE WORKERS TAKE SAFETY AS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY
Some things to know before you give your talk.
- As a supervisor, you need to understand that you can’t watch all your people all the time.
- You must identify those people and jobs in your area of responsibility that are most difficult to observe.
- Be prepared to tell your crew that although much effort goes into providing them with a safe place, the responsibility for working safely also falls on them.
During the meeting:
- Remind them that taking chances, engaging in horseplay, using the wrong tool, not wearing personal protective equipment all the time and not following the safety rules are decisions a person makes for themselves.
- Explain to them that everyone in the company is interested in their safety. However, others can’t be looking out for them all the time.
- Emphasize that following the safety rules and wearing personal protective equipment only when someone is watching is only going to result in eventual injury.