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Toolbox Talks- for Process Plants

First - What is a Toolbox Talk?

Why do we have Toolbox Talks in the Process Plants? Why do we learn about Toolbox Talks in the AWSHPP courses

Toolbox talks are quick, simple, and easy to understand safety discussions conducted before shift starts at the jobsite.

They can be known as safety briefings, Pre-Start, or Take 5 safety talks.

Basically a toolbox talk is ideally conversational in tone and takes about 5-10 minutes of engaging workers to discuss their awareness of health and safety risks associated with their tasks. An effective toolbox talk helps promote a culture of safety in the workplace and facilitates a sharing of knowledge and safety best practices among workers.

The Importance of Toolbox Talks in Process Plants

Having short but frequent Toolbox Talks can significantly reduce workplace incidents. A recent report found that companies that conduct Toolbox Talks daily had reductions in total incident rates than those that conducted their Toolbox Talk meetings on a monthly basis.

In addition to identifying immediate hazards for the day, an effective Toolbox Talk can:

Help create positive safety culture

Keep workers alert.

Improve communication and productivity.

Remind everyone their duties and responsibilities.

Record of hazards and action plan

The Purpose of Toolbox Talks

A toolbox talk, is an industry best practice for reinforcing safety culture as it emphasizes the importance of safety in small, but consistent increments.

What are Toolbox Talk Topics?

Toolbox talk topics are safety agendas that should be discussed with workers prior to commencing work. It varies depending on the workers’ needs for the current or upcoming activities that would help expand their awareness of health and safety risks associated with their tasks. A toolbox talk topic should be short, efficient, and easy to comprehend.

Toolbox Talk Example

There are a variety of safety toolbox talk examples that can be discussed to workers. Here is a basic example of a toolbox talk specifically for people working in confined spaces in a Process Plant.

Topic: Working in Confined Spaces in Process Plant Jurong Island Bukom

Site: Jurong Island Exxonmobil/Lanxess/Shell/Lucite/PCS

Involved Team: Ali, Akhbar, Anthony, Michael

Supervisor: Samy

Conducted on: September 9, 2022

What is a Confined Space?

A confined space can be any area that is sufficiently large to enter and perform jobs. It is has a limited entrance and egress points and not built for any type of occupancy.

What might happen if working in confined spaces was not performed properly?

Oxygen deficiency or asphyxiation due to the harmful environment inside the confined spaces.

Exposure to deadly gases and other organisms.

Loss of coordination.



Safety reminders when working in confined spaces:

Identify all hazards present before entering the confined space.

Conduct atmosphere tests.

Install proper ventilation systems.

Fortify communication amongst co-workers.

Ensure that personal protective equipment is in good condition.

Everyone signs

Why not attend our AWSHPP Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants or the PWICSO Perform Work in Confined Space Operations to find out more about Toolbox Talks

AWSHPP Course Outline

AWSHPP Course Outline for the WDA WSQ Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants (AWSHPP ) are:

  • AWSHPP Identify the roles and responsibilities of an employee under WSH act

  • AWSHPP Identify and prevent fire and explosion hazards at workplace

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures for material handling

  • AWSHPP Comply safety work practices and control measures for mechanical and electrical works

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working on Specialized Operations

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working at heights

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working in a confined space

Course Outline for Perform Work in Confined Space Operations

for the SSG WSQ Perform Work in Confined Space Operation are

  • PWICSO Identify duties and responsibilities of all personnel involved in confined space work under the WSH Legislations and Code of Practice.

  • PWICSO Identify confined space hazards

  • PWICSO Use Gas Detection Instruments for atmospheric monitoring

  • PWICSO Comply with Permit-to-Work system and safe work procedures when working in confined space

  • PWICSO Participate in an Emergency for confined space

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