Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks are short presentations on a single feature of health and safety in the workplace. They are informal and can be discussed during team meetings to focus on certain safety topics.

The following Toolbox Talks are available for you to utilize.

Please fill out this sign-in sheet or the one attached to the toolbox talk and retain a copy when you complete a Toolbox Talk.

Back and Lifting Safety

Lifting objects improperly can result in an injured back. Please review the link below for proper lifting technique and how you can safely lift object while avoiding back injuries.

Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaws are an effective portable power tool that can be potentially dangerous if not used correctly and carefully. Read more about chainsaw safety in the links below.

Cold-Related Illness

Anyone working in a cold environment may be at risk of cold-related illness.  Cold-related illness can be avoided by following OSHA’s guidelines on protecting workers from cold-related illness or reviewing UNI’s toolbox talk.

Hearing Conservation

You are able to hear multiple different types of noises all day long. Review UNI's Hearing Conservation Program toolbox talk below to learn more about how you can protect yourself from hearing loss.

Heat-Related Illness

Heat-related illness can be prevented. Prevention requires both employers and workers to recognize heat hazards. The links below offer great resources on preventing heat-related illness at work.

Knife Safety

The most common concern working with knives is an injury, such as a cut. See the link below on safety tips when using a knife.

Ladder Safety

Ladders are utilized every day and we want to ensure that you are using the proper ladder and using it safely. When utilizing a ladder in your workspace make sure to follow all labels on the ladder and don’t go over the load capacity. For more information you can visit the links below regarding ladder safety.

Lifting and Rigging Safety

Lifting and rigging have a lot of associated hazards which make the consequences of something going wrong highly dangerous. To ensure safe work practices, please utilize the link below for more information on lifting and rigging safetly.

Machine Guard Safety

Different types of machines are utilized every day and we want to ensure that you are using the proper guard and are using the machine safely. When working with a machine make sure to follow manufacturer's guidance and are using the machine guards. For more information you can visit the link below regarding machine guard safety.

Power Tools Safety

Hand and power tools are very common but they can be hazardous and have the potential to cause
severe injuries if they aren't used or maintained properly. View the link below to learn more about power tool safety.

Pruning Safety

Pruning involves the use of shears and saws, loppers, and manual and electric hedge trimmers. Pruning tools have sharp edges and pinch points and in some cases an additional electrical hazard. UNI’s Pruning Safety toolbox talk below is a great resource for you to review.

Tick Safety

Ticks exposure can occur year-round. Knowing what to do to prevent tick bites and how to protect yourself are key to avoiding tick bites. Read more about tick safety in these great resources provided below.

Winter Walking Safety

During the winter months it's important to take caution when walking on slippery surfaces due to snow and ice. Follow these tips below in UNI's Winter Walking toolbox talk to help prevent slips and falls.