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Measuring the Effectiveness of Toolbox Safety Training

Via the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) — A key to improving the safety and health of construction workers is ensuring that they are trained to understand and identify the hazards associated with their work so that they can be mitigated or eliminated. Toolbox Talks are one widely used training tool wherein workers participate in 10- to 15-minute instructional sessions on different topics to learn the hazards associated with their work and the steps they can take to prevent incidents from occurring. This method is often a preferable training tool among smaller employers because they require minimal resources to deliver.

recent study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIOSH researchers examined the impact of toolbox talks, particularly those that include a narrative element, on the knowledge gain experienced by workers who participated.

For a summary and more information, check out this news article from ASSP.