Personal Safety in Toolbox talk

T oolbox Talks – Personal Safety Introduction

We encounter the subject of personal safety in almost every facet of our daily lives. We take many precautions to protect ourselves and our families from harm because many aspects of our daily lives present real potential dangers. The workplace is no exception. In fact, worksites are usually a lot more hazardous than any other situation we find ourselves in. It’s strange then, that personal safety at work is often taken for granted or neglected altogether. What Is Personal Safety? Personal safety refers to physical safety as well as emotional well–being. All workers have the right to the freedom from physical harm, the freedom from psychological or emotional harm including hostility, aggression or harassment, and the freedom from worry about physical safety and/or psychological harm. When thinking about your personal safety on the job–site, consider the following Safe Work Practices:

✔ Remember that each worksite will present unique hazards to the individual worker. For safe work practices to be effective, they must be applied activity for every single work activity and always. When it comes to personal safety, simple common sense can go a long way.

✔ Know your rights and responsibilities.

✔ Always perform work in a way that will not cause injury to you, your co–workers, or any members of the general public.

✔ Refuse work you believe is unsafe. Never perform an activity or operate any equipment when you have reason to believe that doing so will create a danger to the health and safety of any person.

✔ Report all job–site incidents including accidents and injuries.

✔ Report all hazards immediately. This includes unsafe actions, conditions, equipment, and so on.

✔ Report any witnessed acts of violence or aggression towards yourself or any other workers.

✔ Never come to work impaired by drugs, alcohol or other substances.

✔ Wear the required PPE at all times.

✔ Always use appropriate fall protection when working at heights 10 ft or more.

✔ Never wear loose–fitting clothing when using power tools or machinery. Articles of clothing can get caught in the rotating parts and cause serious injury. Remove all jewelry.

Final Thoughts These minimum training and equipment requirements, if followed correctly, will greatly reduce the risk of serious injury on the job site. For more information regarding this subject, please reference the applicable sections of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation.


What are we going to learn in this video?

1. What PPE is required.

2. What must we check before we operate a drill

3. How must we operate a electric drill.

4. What can harm me while operating a drill.

5. How not to operate a drill.


1. Read Operators Manual and Risk assessment.

2. Task (e.g. Drawings, instructions, specifications etc.) is clearly understood.

3. Ensure the saw is operated on an RCD protected circuit.

4. Ensure this power tool has a suitable safe work area. Examine the power lead and plug for obvious damage. Do not use dull or damaged drill bits.

5. Check the selected drill bit is correctly fitted.

6. Ensure you are familiar with the operation of the ON/OFF starter.


1. Only one person may operate this machine at any one time.

2. Do not connect to power source until all adjustments have been made.

3. Check that the power lead does not create a trip hazard and that it is well clear of the workpiece.

4. Examine the material to be drilled for splits, loose knots & nails, etc.

5. Select the correct sized drill bit. Tighten securely in the chuck.

6. Ensure the workpiece is secure & well supported in a convenient position for drilling.

7. The power drill must be held firmly with both hands to control operational accuracy and the rotational torque.

8. Keep hands and fingers well clear of moving parts. Avoid blocking & covering the motor ventilation slots with your hands.

9. Allow the drill to reach operating speed, then apply load gradually. Do not apply excessive force.

10. Back the drill bit out to clear away all waste.

11. Avoid prolonged use as this could overheat the motor. Turn off after backing out the drill bit.

12. Do not place the drill down until the bit has stopped rotating.


1. Switch off the drill when work completed & before removing waste material from work site.

2. Remove the drill bit & return drill to the storage area.

3. Leave the drill & work space in a safe, clean and tidy state.


1. Maintenance must only be performed by qualified personnel in accordance with the Maintenance section of the Operators Manual.

2. Ensure all equipment has been tested and tagged as per applicable state/territory regulations.

3. This Safe Operating Procedure DOES NOT apply to any equipment that has been modified outside manufacturer’s specifications.


1. Dust.

2. Electrical shocks.

3. Noise.

4. Sharp edges and burrs.

5. Hair/clothing getting caught in moving machine parts.

6. Contact with rotating drill.

7. Burns (friction).

8. Eye injuries.


1. DO NOT operate equipment without wearing appropriate PPE

2. Bend down near the machine while it is running. Look before you drill – inspect for live wires.

3. Use faulty equipment. Immediately report any suspect equipment & apply a DO NOT USE tag.

Identify construction hazards

INTRODUCTION to identify construction hazards

If you want to make a workplace safe, you need to know how to identify hazards. The identification of hazards fits into the overall safety management program as one method of reducing the risk of injury and equipment damage. There are many types of hazards in and around the workplace. Some are fixed, others are obvious and many are hidden and developing. We need to identify all types of hazards and take the appropriate steps to reduce the risk or, if possible, to eliminate the hazard.

LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this talk you will understand:

• hazard and risk;

• types of hazards;

• categories of hazards;

• risk assessment; and

• the best way to deal with hazards.