These are also referred to as; toolbox talks, (daily) site inductions, or line-side briefings. It doesn’t matter what you call them they are generally a good idea.
So what should Pre-Starts contain?
Pre-start meetings should confirm:
The above is based on the primary duty of care for workplace safety as imposed by legislation in each jurisdiction. These elements are important and not optional, but experience tells us that more is required.
After serious accidents we often see the workers are critical of; the company, their supervisor and managers, and the conditions in their work area, but say they did not voice their concerns earlier because they felt it would not be received well or acted upon.
In your pre-start meetings, we suggest you include things like:
Note: You can mix these up and change occasionally to keep fresh.
Why is asking these type of questions important? Because after a serious incident your current “happy workers” will tell police and safety inspectors things like:
That hazard has been there for months”, “I was not properly trained”, “I was fatigued by work and stressed by the over-bearing supervisor and forgot to ….”, “no one asked me if I needed help and I didn’t feel I could ask”.
It is always best to flush any worker concerns out into the open and deal with them in a transparent, fair and timely fashion.
note: Site safety inductions are different to pre-start briefings, as inductions are typically only conducted once per year, and typically contain items like: