Toolbox Talks

The UE Safety Committee in conjunction with Risk Management and Training and Compliance have developed a series of training sessions that will be known as “Toolbox Talks” to enhance the ongoing safety movement throughout campus.

What is a Toolbox Talk?

A Toolbox Talk is an informal group discussion among employees of an individual department that focuses on a particular safety issue.

Who Conducts Toolbox Talks?

Anyone can conduct a Toolbox Talk however; it is a good idea to select individuals who have expertise on a given topic. Most commonly delivery is given by a supervisor. Encourage group discussion and forward questions not readily answerable to appropriate persons.

How Long and How Often Should they be Conducted?

A Toolbox Talk is intended to occur during shift meetings or can be incorporated into another operational meeting on a monthly basis and should take no longer than 15 minutes. They can take place in any informal setting such as a break room, lounge etc…

Do Toolbox Talks Take the Place of Required Safety Training?

NO. They are intended to be a brief supplemental discussion each month on relevant safety issues but do not replace formal safety training.

How is Attendance Tracked and Filed?

Each manager or supervisor conducting a talk will have the employee’s present print and sign name on the back of a master training copy and keep in their files for recordkeeping purposes subject to periodic auditing by Risk Management or Training and Compliance.

What to Talk About?

The UE Safety Committee has chosen a suggested topic for each month based on factors such as the time of year and activities taking place on campus. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to use the suggested monthly topic, along with any elective topic that is relevant to their specific group.

Encourage employees to suggest topics. They often know best where the dangers are.

Training Topics

Please Note: Training topics are available for use by UVM staff members only. You will be prompted for your UVM NetID and password in order to view them.

The following files are PDF (Portable Document Format) files. You may need to download or update to the latest free version of Adobe Reader® to view them.

    • Back and Lifting Safety
    • Driving Safely
    • Electrical Safety the Basics
    • Hazard Communication
    • Ladder Safety
    • Material Handling
    • Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Protective Clothing on the Job
    • Safety Attitude
    • Working in Cold
    • Working in Heat
    • Workplace Fire Prevention

 Electives (Any):

  • Asbestos Safety
  • Blood Born Pathogens
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Computer Ergonomics
  • Dealing with Work Stress
  • Driving in Foul Weather
  • Ergonomics: Fitting the Job to People
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Forklift Safety
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Guide to Safe Painting
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Hard Hat Safety
  • Heat Stress
  • Lab Safety
  • Lead Safety
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Lock Out Tag Out
  • Office Setting Safety
  • Protect Your Eyes
  • Safe Use of Cell Phones
  • Scaffold Safety
  • Snow Shoveling
  • Taking Hazards out of Grounds Maintenance