Saturday, August 1, 2015

Does OSHA Require Daily Toolbox Talks?

Every once in a while I am retained by one of the parties to a lawsuit to be an “expert witness”. This involves reviewing evidence and offering my opinions in the case. As part of a recent case where I was retained by the defendant, the attorney for the Plaintiff who was conducting my deposition asked me to show him the “OSHA-required documented proof that the defendant conducted mandatory daily toolbox talks”.  It was obvious he did not like my answer.

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5 comments:

  1. I appreciate the thoughtful reply to the question from the Fed-OSHA perspective. It's very helpful. I would like to add that Cal/OSHA Construction Safety regulations do require a "toolbox safety talk" at least once every ten working days.

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    1. That is true, and why I emphasized the basis for the story are the Federal requirements. And Cal/OSHA's IIPP requirements would also require you to document those construction toolbox talks, true?

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  2. We conduct a weekly "toolbox safety talk" and it is documented. It keeps the guys informed on any incidents and gives them the opportunity to speak up and converse a safety concern with the whole shift as well. Seems to really bring the guys together and helps makes them really feel like part of the safety program.

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    1. Yes, weekly talks seem a lot more manageable than daily. Plus you don't have the tendency to have the info go in one ear and out the other as you might eventually experience if you did a daily talk. Mix it up, do something different each day.

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  3. Good information, both in this article and on your website!
    - Lester Stephenson, Safety Trainer, Technical Trainer, Curriculum Developer, Tech Writer, Published Author,

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