Setting Up a Tailgate/Toolbox Safety Meeting
Tailgate or Toolbox safety meetings are 10-15 minute on-the-
job meetings held to keep employees alert to work-related
accidents and illnesses.
Tailgate/toolbox safety meetings have proved their worth by
alerting employees to workplace hazards, and by preventing
accidents, illnesses and on-the-job injuries.
Why Have Them?
In both the tunneling and construction industries, tailgate
safety meetings are required by Title 8, Sections 8406 and 1509
of the California Code of Regulations.
While tunneling and construction are the only industries
that specifically require tailgate safety meetings, all California
employers must have a safety program that includes employee
training in safe work practices.
Tailgate/toolbox safety meetings can be used to address
actual problems on the job or in the shop. The supervisor
leading the meeting can draw on the experience of workers,
and use that experience to remind all employees –especially
newer ones – of the dangers of working with particular kinds
of machinery, tools, equipment and materials.
What to Talk About?
Talk about work practices, machinery, tools, equipment
materials, attitudes, and anything else that may cause or
contribute to a work-related accident or illness.
Keep the topic relevant to the job or tasks at hand.
An excellent source for construction related topics is the
publication Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry.
Supervisors can choose individual sections or topics and relate
them to their specific site requirements. Copies can be
ordered from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Choose a topic you think needs safety review. If you
notice that spills aren’t being cleaned up promptly, discuss it. If
there has been an accident or a near-accident on the job, talk
about it. What happened? Where did it happen? How can it be
prevented from happening again?
Encourage employees to suggest topics. They often know best
- what and where the dangers are.