Tailgate/Toolbox Topics Division of Occupational Safety and Health TT-7: Feb 2006 California Department of Industrial Relations Setting Up a Tailgate/Toolbox Safety Meeting Tailgate or Toolbox safety meetings are 10-15 minute on-the- of information. Cal/OSHA also supplies a wide range of job meetings held to keep employees alert to work-related printed material on worksite safety and health. accidents and illnesses. 4. Don’t choose too broad a topic. Tailgate/toolbox safety meetings have proved their worth by 5. Encourage employee participation - keep your meeting alerting employees to workplace hazards, and by preventing short. accidents, illnesses and on-the-job injuries. Sample Topic for Tailgate/Toolbox Safety Meetings: Why Have Them? In both the tunneling and construction industries, tailgate Why are guards left off machines? safety meetings are required by Title 8, Sections 8406 and 1509 Guards are placed on machines to prevent workers from of the California Code of Regulations. contacting moving parts. They are required by Cal/OSHA While tunneling and construction are the only industries regulations. that specifically require tailgate safety meetings, all California Many California workers are killed or injured every year employers must have a safety program that includes employee because guards are removed and not replaced. training in safe work practices. Why are guards left off? Ask the group to give reasons. Tailgate/toolbox safety meetings can be used to address Some common ones are: actual problems on the job or in the shop. The supervisor ♦ I didn’t have time to replace the guard. leading the meeting can draw on the experience of workers, ♦ I wanted to make sure the machine was working okay. I and use that experience to remind all employees –especially just never got around to replacing the guard. newer ones – of the dangers of working with particular kinds ♦ I put on a new drive and the old guard didn’t fit. of machinery, tools, equipment and materials. ♦ I had to remove the guard to adjust the machine. ♦ I couldn’t work with the guard on. It slowed me down. What to Talk About? ♦ Listen I’ve run these machines for years without guards Talk about work practices, machinery, tools, equipment and I’ve never been hurt. materials, attitudes, and anything else that may cause or These excuses have been given countless times. After the contribute to a work-related accident or illness. accident has happened, the guard is replaced and strict rules Keep the topic relevant to the job or tasks at hand. are enforced. Of course, it’s too late for the victim. The An excellent source for construction related topics is the purpose of meeting on this topic is to make sure rules are publication Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry. enforced before an accident can happen. 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 Resources: 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 Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry. Copies can about it. What happened? Where did it happen? How can it be be ordered from the Cal/OSHA publications website at: prevented from happening again? http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/puborder.asp, or obtained from a Encourage employees to suggest topics. They often know best Cal/OSHA District Office. - what and where the dangers are. Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders can be reviewed How to Run a Good Meeting at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/Title8/sub4.html 1. Hold the meeting on the job, preferably where everyone can sit and relax. Note: The information provided is not meant to be either 2. Hold meetings at the beginning of shift or after a break. 3. Choose the topic carefully. Topics should be about health a substitute for or legal interpretation of the occupational and safety problems on the job. Research the problem safety and health regulations. Readers are cautioned to before the meeting. For machinery, consult the refer directly to Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations manufacturer’s operations manual. For handling toxic for detailed information regarding the regulation’s scope, substances, get a copy of the material safety data sheet. specifications, and exceptions and for other requirements Your company’s insurance carrier is another good source that may be applicable to their operations.