Toolbox Talks are an easy and effective training technique for employers and workers to help prevent falls in construction. Toolbox Talks are a great way to train workers on an ongoing basis because they are:
- Short — Each Toolbox Talk should last approximately 10-15 minutes. Although some talks contain more material than others, Toolbox Talks can be conducted at meetings before the work shift or during breaks.
- Interactive — Workers attending Toolbox Talks can ask questions and discuss the topic, which increases the likelihood they will remember the information.
- Easy — Toolbox Talks are designed to be easy for managers and supervisors to organize and easy for workers to follow.
OSHA’s has published a Fall Prevention Training Guide, which features a series of Toolbox Talks on various fall prevention topics. This training guide will help you plan how to prevent injuries and fatalities from falls among your crew and provide training to your workers. It includes:
- Instructions for using the Toolbox Talks to train workers in fall prevention
- A series of Toolbox Talks on various fall prevention topics
The guide also provides additional resources, including:
- Fact Sheet, in English and Spanish, with key information about preventing falls
- Wallet Card, in English and Spanish, which provides the web address for OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign website and OSHA’s contact information
- Easy-to-read OSHA posters, in English and Spanish, for the worksite and the community that you can copy and distribute to workers
- A bilingual booklet on ladder safety, Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely, which can be read on any mobile device