Tool Box Talks for Construction

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This page was updated on 4/16/2015

Hazard Communication Standard Enforcement Begins June 1, 2015 - Are you ready for the new safety data sheet (SDS) requirements? Failure to properly provide or respond to new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information could open the door to an OSHA inspection and enforcement activities, including citations and significant penalties for violating the Hazard Communication Standard 2012 (HCS 2012) (29 CFR 1910.1200).

Exits are Your Key to Safety - All buildings must have a way of allowing occupants fast exit to the outside or a safe place of refuge in case of an emergency.

Safety: The Universal Language? Literacy and Language Challenges in the Workplace.

Fire Prevention Plan - A fire is one of the costliest accidents a business can have. Even more costly is the death and injury toll from fires and explosions.

OSHA Inspection Procedures - a summary of the O.S.H.A. inspection process and the procedures that should be followed by all personnel during an inspection.

Whole Body Vibration - Adverse affects of whole body vibration range from simple fatigue to motion sickness, low back pain, degeneration of the lumbar spinal system and herniated disks.

Drugs & Alcohol on the Job - All of us know that certain drugs are illegal, and that drinking or drug use can lead to both physical and mental impairment, and also that state and federal laws prohibit or regulate the use of drugs and alcohol.

Construction Equipment Dangers - Construction Equipment used on construction jobs often creates dangerous conditions. This week's Tail Gate Safety Topic examines a few situations which should be watched for at all times.

Carbon Monoxide CO - Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware of your exposure. 

Floor and Wall Openings  - OSHA has very specific rules on guarding floor and wall openings and holes, to protect employees from falling and injuring themselves, and to prevent accidental drops of tools or equipment to injure workers below.

Slips, Trips and Falls - Slips, trips and falls is the number 1 reason for an industrial injury in the United States. Thousands of disabling injuries—and even deaths—occur each year as a result of slips, trips, and falls.

Safety on a New Jobsite -  It's important for you to remember that most accidents are caused by carelessness or thoughtlessness--yours, or someone else on the job.

Heating - Temporary heating devices are essential equipment during the winter months of the year, when working on construction sites can get very uncomfortable and cold.

Facts about Noise - Noise hazard depends on the level (sometimes called intensity) of the noise, its duration, and how often the exposure occurs. 

Incident Prevention - The experts say at least 80% of industrial accidents are caused by unsafe acts on the part of employees--and not by unsafe conditions.

Literacy and Language Challenges in the Workplace - As the American “melting pot” becomes increasingly diver sified, employers face inevitable issues related to language in the workplace. Employers can no longer assume that qualified workers speak or write English.

Physical & Health Hazards for Construction - Be aware that every chemical substance you handle during the day, whether it is a liquid, solid, vapor, or dust, could cause you great harm if you aren’t protected. Your first line of defense is knowing what each chemical can do to you physically and how it can affect your health. With that knowledge tucked under your toolbelt, you can take correct precautions.

Ladder Accident Causes - Accidents involving ladders are very common. Most of these accidents could have been avoided with proper ladder use. While a ladder is a very basic necessity and seems easy to use, it is often one of the most misused and abused pieces of equipment we see during site inspections.

Trenching and Excavation - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the United States between 2000 and 2009, 350 workers died in excavation or trench collapses. Trenching operations usually include water, sewer, pipeline, communications or power line construction. One study indicated 64% of fatalities occurred in excavations of less than 10 feet (3 meters). In addition to collapses, trenching operation hazards include: falls ; falling objects from above and hazardous atmospheres.

The Deadly Dozen - We all know that there must be a cause for an accident to happen. In order to avoid accidents, we must remove the cause. Every cause is a result of an unsafe act or unsafe condition. By recognizing the unsafe act or condition, we can effectively remove the exposure to them. The following “deadly dozen” are reminders to help you recognize unsafe acts or conditions.

Cold - When your body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may occur, and permanent tissue damage and death may result.

Cold Weather can effect your job site.


Effects of Alcohol
-The purpose of this toolbox talk is to provide some basic information and to increase the level of awareness to focus on this as a potential safety issue on the job. This will primarily address issues of “the morning after” affect.

Housekeeping - Maintaining good housekeeping is an important part of the overall job of supervision.

Slips and Falls - There are various ways to suffer slips and falls while working.

Foot Protection - The average person takes approximately 18,000 steps daily and there's the possibility of a foot injury with each step.

Routes of Entry - Working with chemicals always involves the risk of exposure. The health risk is dependent upon the toxicity of the chemical, the types of effects and the various routes of entry.

Winter Driving Safety - Driving habits need to change once the winter driving season is upon us.

Scaffolding - You should know that over one-third of the serious injuries to workers in the building trades are caused by falls from one level to another.

Exposure to Vehicular Traffic - Employees exposed to public vehicular traffic must be provided with, and must wear, warning vests or other suitable garments.

Access & Egress for Excavations

Tool Box Talks for Construction