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Title: Toolbox Meetings


1
Toolbox Meetings
  • What is a toolbox meeting?
  • An informal 5 to 15 minute meeting held by
    supervisors used to promote safety.

2
Purpose
  • A toolbox meeting is a platform used to
  • discuss safety and work-related
  • accidents.
  • It is your opportunity to provide safety
  • awareness and training in a short concise
  • meeting.

3
Famous Adage
  • Just like children, adults, more often the men
    need to be reminded of what needs to be done and
    how to do it. It never hurts to remind them.
  • My Wife

4
Why Have Them?
  • Used to address actual safety issues
  • Draws on the experience of other associates
  • Provides constant reinforcement to new associates
    that safety matters
  • Provides an atmosphere of ownership for
    associates that normally are not vocal
  • Statistics show that continual safety awareness
    reduces accidents

5
When To Have Them?
  • Toolbox meetings should be conducted each
  • week. Preferably on Mondays so you start the
  • week off with safety on your mind.

6
What To Talk About
  • Work practices
  • Machine operation
  • Tools
  • Materials
  • Attitudes
  • Safety Hazards
  • The important thing is that you are
  • CREATING SAFETY AWARENESS, AGAIN.

7
  • Talk about something you feel needs talking about
  • If there has been an accident talk about
  • - What happened
  • - Where it happened
  • - How you can prevent it from happening
  • again (lessons learned)
  • Encourage associates to suggest topics.

8
How To Run A Good Meeting
  • Hold the meeting in a conducive area
  • Read your material ahead of time
  • Be careful asking another person to read the
    material they may not read well
  • Conduct the meeting at the beginning of the
    shift, after lunch, or after a break
  • Choose your topic carefully. It should pertain to
    your work environment.

9
  • Dont choose too broad of a topic, e.g., you
    cant cover hand tool safety in one meeting.
  • However, you can cover one specific hand tool
    in a short meeting.
  • AGAIN whats important?
  • YOU ARE CREATING SAFETY AWARENESS

10
Benefits Of Toolbox Meetings
  • Addresses the Duty of Care Laws
  • Helps reduce risk of incidents and near misses
  • Can actually eliminate workplace hazards
  • Encourages reporting of incidents
  • Can provide evidence to show that measures to
    identify and reduce risks have been taken
  • Why could this be of importance?
  • Offers variety to work schedule

11
  • Causes associates to think about expensive and
    time wasting incidents e.g., slips, trips,
    falls, poor housekeeping, failure to conduct
    pre-start safety checks
  • Toolbox meetings can be built up to offer a
    progressive pathway from basic reminders to more
    advanced safety training
  • Most importantly
  • YOU ARE CREATING AWARENESS

12
Topics
  • So, tell me Dan, what can I talk about?
  • Where can I get these toolbox topics?
  • There are numerous topics you can cover.
  • HR has a folder of over 60 toolbox
  • topics for the supervisors that need them.

13
  • Remember, safety is 50 awareness and 50
    physical action.
  • If you have the awareness, the physical action
    will follow suit.
  • No awareness, no safety!

14
Hazard Identification
  • Why is so important that hazards are identified?
  • To prevent accidents!

15
  • What exactly do we mean by hazard identification?
  • We mean the hazards that exist in your work area
    that are constant.
  • Each work area has its own unique set of
    constant hazards.

16
  • Constant hazards are things like
  • Pinch points on conveyors
  • Electrical hazards
  • Holes in the floor
  • Trip hazards
  • Forklift traffic
  • Overhead crane usage
  • Fluids leaking from machines
  • The use of sharp hand tools
  • Chemicals

17
Identification Recognition
  • You cannot prevent accidents in your work area
    from physical hazards if you have not identified
    the hazards.
  • You cannot expect your associates to stay clear
    of hazards if you have not told them (recognized)
    the hazards.

18
  • So we know the importance of identifying and
  • recognizing the hazards in our work areas, but
  • how do go about communicating this
  • information to your associates?
  • Form a team of your associates in your area to
    identify the hazards
  • Document the hazards
  • Remind the group each week of the constant and
    new hazards each week during your toolbox meeting

19
  • Or
  • Post your hazards on a board in your area.
  • This also will alert others to your hazards
  • Cover the hazards in your pre-shift meetings or
    production meetings

20
  • The best way to avoid a hazard is to rid yourself
  • of the hazard.
  • Ask maintenance to correct the problem
  • Change procedures
  • Engineer out the problem
  • Never put production over safety!

21
Changing Hazards
  • Hazards may change daily.
  • Parts stacked in an unusual place
  • New processes
  • New job assignment
  • New tools
  • Maintenance work being performed

22
New Associates
  • 60 of accidents happen to new associates in the
    first 90 days of employment.

23
  • New employee orientation/safety training is not
    enough!
  • You must brief your new associates on all the
    identified hazards in your work area before they
    start work
  • Stress the importance of working safely

24
Cost Avoidance
  • Toolbox meetings are added value to your
  • safety program. They are a cost effective
  • method to help reduce your workers
  • compensation cost.
  • Lets look at some hard dollar facts.

25
  • 1999 24 - 142,750
  • 2000 49 - 405,250
  • 2001 40 - 443,750
  • 2002 34 - 604,000
  • 2003 05 - 52,500
  • Difference in one year 2002 vs 2003
  • 551,550

26
Premium Effect
  • 3 year average/SIC code
  • New client premium estimated -
  • based on of man hours worked
  • Future premium reductions as claims drop
  • Example Average premium for SIC with the history
    of claims made over the last 3 years 350,000
    to 400,000 per year.
  • Possibly save as much 35,000 - 50,000

27
  • Thank you for working safely!
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