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Importance of toolbox talks in business

Many employers think toolbox talks are insignificant because they're short discussions that usually last for about 15 minutes. This couldn't be further from the truth. Find out about the importance of conducting toolbox talks in your workplace.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires you to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace

Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act states that you must identify hazards and risks in your company and take measures to protect the health and safety of your employees.

The Act goes on to say that you must also inform, provide instructions and train your employees to ensure their health and safety.

And that's where toolbox talks come in

The importance of conducting toolbox talks in the workplace explained

'Toolbox talks are an effective way to comply with your legal obligations and show the Department of Labour (DoL) you're doing all you can to meet your legal requirements,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

'And if the DoL is happy, it means no fines or jail time for you,' adds the Advisor.

If you still think toolbox talks are insignificant, perhaps these reasons will sway you.

Three reasons to start toolbox talks in your workplace

#1: Toolbox talks' main purpose is safety and to prevent accidents from happening in your workplace.

#2: Toolbox talks will save your company money and increase production by increasing awareness of hazards present in your workplace. This short, targeted training stresses the importance of the topic to employees.

#3: These talks are significant because employees will discover how to avoid creating unsafe conditions and learn how to work and move safely around a job site.

The bottom line: Toolbox talks are significant and you need to conduct them if you want to fully comply with your legal duty to protect employees.

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