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Tailgate (or Toolbox) talks are short informational meetings held with employees to discuss a work-site related safety topic. The term tailgate meetings comes from the practice of meeting around the tailgate of a pickup truck.

The goal of holding tailgate talks is to inform employees of specific hazards associated to a task and the safe way to do a job. Tailgate talks also serve as a reminder to employees of what they already know while establishing the supervisor’s credibility and conscientiousness about his or her responsibilities for safety.

The following is a list of tailgate talks that you can take and use on your job-site. Each Everyday Safety tailgate talk comes with a sign-in sheet which allows supervisors to document who heard the briefing.


How to Hold a Tailgate Talk

All Tailgate Talks

Blood Safety (pdf)

Carbon Monoxide Safety (pdf)

Chainsaw Safety (pdf)

Cold Weather Driving (pdf)

Cold Weather Precautions (pdf)

Cold Weather Slips (pdf)

Compressed Air Safety (pdf)

Dealing with Stress (pdf)

Driver Operator Safety (pdf)

Dust Control (pdf)

Electrical Safety (pdf)

Fire Safety (pdf)

Hand Tool Safety (pdf)

Hazards of Solvents (pdf)

Hearing Protection (pdf)

Heavy Equipment (pdf)

Hygiene in the Workplace (pdf)

Ladder Safety (pdf)

Lightning Safety (pdf)

Lock Out Tag Out (pdf)

Lyme Disease (pdf)

Mower Safety (pdf)

Portable Generator (pdf)

Trenching Safety (pdf)


If you have questions, or an idea for a tailgate talk, please email b[email protected].


*Everyday Safety Tailgate Talks are produced in association with the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA)

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