Daily safety talks (also known as “Tailgate Talks,” “Toolbox Talks,” and “Safety Briefings”) are an invaluable tool for organizations to incorporate into their daily routine. A recent study
by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. shows that holding a short daily meeting results in a reduction of total recordable incidents. More specifically, the study showed that companies that hold daily meetings have a 4x LOWER recordable injury rate than those that only hold a meeting monthly!
A Daily Safety Talk is a very brief meeting, between 5-15 minutes, that covers a safety topic directly related to the employee’s work environment. If it takes more than 15 minutes to review, you most likely need to have a more formal training session on the topic. So, how can such a short meeting be effective in helping reduce injuries?
5 Reasons to Have Daily Safety Briefs
Resources for starting your program:
- Reinforce a strong safety culture – By investing time each day to discuss safety, you are sending a strong message that the organization cares about the health and well-being of every employee.
- They are conducive to adult learning styles – When teaching adults, it’s important to present material that is immediately useful to the learner and can applied effectively on the jobsite.
- Provide important updates –Use your daily safety talk to discuss changes in workflow, machine operations, or processes and what safety precautions should be taken to avoid injury.
- Reinforce your formal safety training - Holding a 5 minute safety training 5 days a week will equate to over 20 hours of safety education on average per employee each year! Daily safety talks are a great way to reinforce and refresh employees on important points from your formal training sessions.
- Facilitate conversation – When employees are actively engaged in their safety program, they are more apt to help keep each other safe. Daily Safety Talks provide a positive and safe environment to encourage team safety.
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LandrumHR’s Risk Management team also has additional resources to help you prepare a meaningful daily safety talk. Contact us at (850) 476-5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org