Holding tool box talk ( TBT)meetings is an excellent and quick way of increasing safety involvement and awareness at grass roots level. However, there are a few simple tips to follow if you want to use this tool effectively.
First of all toolbox meetings are usually run in small work groups by the supervisor, leading hand, team leader etc. of the group. The meetings are short, about 5 to 10 minutes, and informal.
The basic idea is to provide a direct method of communication and exchange of information between management, supervision and the shop floor with the purpose of improving safety and health by directly involving workers in issues that are important to them. Using tool box meetings is an ideal way to get employees involved in matters relating to their own safety, finding solutions to problems, as well as building a committed and productive team.
The name comes from the team gathering around a toolbox at a construction site for the talk, but these meetings can be held at any workplace; Vision Safety, can help you arrange TBTs and provide you with a portfolio of examples suitable for your workplace.