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Safety Meeting Topics

meetings.jpgSafety 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.

Meeting Content

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:

  • Fun photos taken by employees from around the plant or job site
  • Guest speakers
  • Testimonials
  • Stories and pictures related to the topic
  • Props
  • Themes: Movies, known Game Shows, team games, Safety & Health mascots
  • Hold meetings in different work areas
  • Poster contests – e.g., “one minute poster” or posters designed by family members
  • Local fire and emergency services attend and contribute
  • Serve safety cookies with your theme or topic to accent messages or as quiz questions

Value of Meetings

Value and benefits from safety meetings, toolbox talks, and tailgate talks include:

  • reinforcing your compliance training
  • raising safety awareness on a regular basis
  • developing safety-leadership skills among mid-level and front-line employees
  • opportunity for discussion, feedback, and participation by workers.

Safety Meeting Topics -- see our safety picture cookie designs to fit your topic!

  • 811 - Underground Safety Alerts
  • Active Shooter Preparedness
  • Aerial Platform Safety
  • The Aging Workforce
  • Arc Welding Safety for the Non-welder!
  • Asbestos in Construction awareness
  • Asphalt – it’s a chemical!
  • ATV Safety
  • Back Injury Prevention – general overview
  • Band Saw Safety
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Boiler Safety
  • Carbon Monoxide – awareness and avoidance
  • Cart Safety
  • Caught or Crushed Injuries
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Chemical Safety awareness – You Don’t Have to Be a Chemist!
  • Chemical Safety –working with Aerosols
  • Chemical Safety – working with Ammonia
  • Chemical Safety - Handling Flammable Liquids
  • Chemical Storage – Do’s and don’ts of the storage area
  • Chlorine Use
  • Cleanroom Safety
  • Close Calls and Near Misses – Why are these important to report?
  • Cold Storage Safety
  • Cold Stress
  • Common Workplace Injuries – Did You Know….?
  • Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety
  • Concrete and Cement Safety
  • Construction Site Hygiene
  • Contractor Safety
  • Communicating A Safety Message
  • Cuts, Lacerations, and Punctures – where are these hazards?
  • Cutting Tool Safety
  • Dermatitis
  • Diesel Exhaust
  • Disposable Respirators
  • Drywalling Safety
  • Earthquake safety and preparedness – it can happen here!
  • Electric pallet jacks – use and maintenance
  • Electric Tools - Grounds for Concern
  • Electrical safety awareness
  • Emergency Planning - Are You Prepared?
  • Emergency Showers and Eye Wash Stations
  • Employee Safety Responsibilities
  • Engulfment – What does this mean
  • Ergonomic Breaks, Rest Periods, and Stretches
  • Eye Protection - Seeing is Believing
  • Fall Protection – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Falling objects awareness
  • Fatigue
  • Fire Extinguishers – who can use them?
  • Fire Prevention
  • First Aid refresher tips
  • Floor Openings – do we have any?
  • Foot Safety
  • Forklift Battery Use and Maintenance
  • Forklift Safety Reminders
  • Grinders
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
  • Hand Protection
  • Hand Tool Ergonomics
  • Handling Patients Safely
  • Hard Hats - Use Your Head, Wear Your Hard Hat
  • Hazardous Materials Warning Labels
  • Hearing Protection Devices
  • Heat-Related Illnesses Prevention
  • Hoist Safety
  • Housekeeping – principles and practices
  • Hot Work – what is it? Who can do it?
  • How to Choose a Ladder
  • Hypothermia
  • Improving Workplace Security in the Age of Terrorism
  • Insect and Spider Bites – awareness and avoidance
  • Jacks, Lifts, and Hoists
  • Janitorial Safety
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Ladder Safety
  • Landscaper and Landscaping Safety
  • Laser Safety
  • Lathe Safety
  • Latex - Avoiding Allergic Reactions
  • Laundry – loading, folding, and transporting
  • Lead – a male and female reproductive toxin
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout – awareness for “Other” employees
  • Lockout/Tagout – Reminders to supplement your formal Lockout and Tagout
  • Lyme Disease
  • Machine Guarding – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Machine Shop Safety
  • Masonry and Concrete Saws
  • Multi-employer Worksites
  • Near Misses and Close Calls – Why are these important to report?
  • Noise - Hear Today Gone Tomorrow
  • Office Safety
  • Overhead Crane Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Personal Protective Equipment – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Poison Oak - Leaves of Three, Let Them Be!
  • Powder Actuated Tools – safe use and maintenance
  • Power Press Safety
  • Power Tool Safety
  • Propane Cylinder Safety
  • Pruning Safety
  • Punctures and Cuts – hazards and prevention
  • Radiation and X-ray awareness
  • Rebar/Impalement Protection
  • Refuse and Recycle Worker Safety
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries - Preventing Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Research Laboratories safety
  • Respiratory Protection – review and reminders after formal training
  • Road Work Safety
  • Roofing (Heat) Hazards
  • Roofing Fall Prevention
  • Safe Lifting Techniques
  • Safety Data Sheet
  • Saws/Grinders – safe use of portable abrasive saws and grinders
  • Scaffold Safety – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Security Guard Safety
  • Sheet Metal Worker Safety - awareness
  • Shelter in Place – when, where, and why?
  • Shingle Roofing Safety - awareness
  • Silicosis – awareness and prevention
  • Site Safety Inspections
  • Skin Protection
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Slips and Falls – awareness and avoidance
  • Solar Panel Installation Safety
  • Spill Prevention and Response in your facility
  • Spray Painting Safety
  • Strains and Sprains – awareness and prevention
  • Steel Framing hazard awareness
  • Stress - Managing and Reducing Workplace Stress
  • Substance Abuse Policy review
  • Sun Protection
  • Tree Trimming Safety
  • Trenching and Shoring – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Vibration Hazards and Exposure Avoidance
  • Walking / Working Surfaces
  • Warehouse Safety
  • Watch Out For Snakes
  • Welding Safely – beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • West Nile Virus
  • Wildlife Safety Precautions
  • Wood Chipper Safety
  • Wood Dust - Exposure and Explosions
  • Wood Truss Construction awareness
  • Woodworking Tool Safety
  • Working Around the Clock – odd hours worker safety
  • Working Over/Near Water
  • Working Safely Around Mobile and/or Stationary Cranes
  • Working Safely Around Forklifts
  • Working Safely Nearby to Trenches and Excavations
  • Workplace Violence – awareness and prevention

Safety Meeting Topics – Driving and Vehicles

  • Aggressive driving
  • Air bag safety
  • Backing safety - "Put Safety In Gear When Backing"
  • Battery handling, connecting, and storage
  • Chocking and blocking
  • Distracted driving
  • Entering and exiting vehicles
  • Flagger safety
  • Seatbelts - Wear Your Seatbelt!
  • Speeding – Not me!
  • Taxi driver and chauffeur safety
  • Tire wear
  • Tow truck operations
  • Tractor safety
  • Traffic control safety
  • Truck tarping
  • Trucking and trucker safety – awareness to advanced concepts
  • Vehicle backing
  • Winter driving

Safety Meeting Topics - HOME SAFETY

  • Amusement Park Hazards
  • Automobile Repair Work
  • BBQ safety
  • Car battery safety
  • Distractions at Home
  • Shopping Cart Safety
  • Stress - managing and reducing stress
  • Vehicle operation and backing
  • Yard work safety
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