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Toolbox talks are a useful tool in the maintenance of a viable safety and health education program in the construction industry. For best results, follow these guidelines:

Schedule regular weekly meetings, and never skip a meeting

Limit topic discussion to about 10 to 15 minutes;

Review the talk in advance and deliver the information in your own words

Encourage group participation. Receive and act upon questions, ideas and suggestions

Avoid holding meetings in noisy areas. Use an atmosphere conducive to learning

Devote meetings exclusively to health and safety matters that apply to the particular group of workers;

Use visual aids where available or appropriate; Document the meeting with a synopsis and signatures of attendees;

If the talk involves an incident, discuss it with injury factors, causes and recurrence prevention, rather than the individual involved in the accident

If the meeting involves work being planned, discuss potential hazards, safety equipment to be used and basic procedures to be followed