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TOOLBOX TALKS 54/60: WATCHING OUT FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS

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.

 

Try this for show and tell!
  • Ask the group what each one of them can do to better provide for their own safety.
  • The discussion should include use of personal protective equipment, not taking unsafe shortcuts, use of equipment guards and eliminating horseplay.
  • Always using seat belts and requiring others to do so in their personal cars is an excellent example.
  • Looking out for your family, yourselves and your community.

 

Questions you can use to get them talking:
  • I’d like each of you to mention one thing you have done recently to make this a safer job, your home or your communities lives safer.

 

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