Safety meetings, toolbox talks, and tailgate talks play a vital role in communicating your company’s safety program information. Safety meetings, toolbox talks, and tailgate talks are part of each company's corporate social responsibility. These meetings are generally short and informal, although some may be longer or more formal, depending on the content.
Some companies use safety meetings to provide snapshots of information, while other companies use them to complete employee training requirements. Either way, these meetings serve as the lifeline of communication to convey workplace hazard information and expectations for safe work practices. Communication is the "glue" of any safety program and keep information flowing.
Safety meetings, toolbox talks, and tailgate talks should provide timely and useful information to employees. Topics discussed should pertain to the work and task hazards and risks, workers' needs and concerns, company or project safety procedures, OSHA compliance, recent incidents and near misses, and value-added topics (e.g., home safety, driving safety).
Meetings are used to place focus on health and wellbeing at the workplace, as well as the 24 hour cycle of health and safety from risk prevention through to occupational health - Safety 24/7!
Meeting Topics and Delivery Techniques
Safety meetings and talks should occasionally include some fun! Here are a few safety meeting tips to make your safety meetings topics fun, relevant, and meaningful:
Value of Meetings
Value and benefits from safety meetings, toolbox talks, and tailgate talks include: