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5 Minute Safety Talks

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Safety Talks for your Workplace

5 Minute Safety Talks are a part of most peoples working life no matter what line of work you do. This means that at some point you will certainly be on the receiving end of a Safety Talk. A lot of people will also be asked to provide safety talks to other employees, colleagues and contractors.

This page will tell you how to prepare for a Safety Talk, give you ideas for content, and also provides some great examples for you to utilise if you wish.

Safety Talk Topics

Looking for a Safety Talk Topic? Try these.

PPE or Personal Protective Equipment and its safe use provide a lot of topics that are appropriate to 5 minute safety talks. If you are looking for a 5 minute Safety Talk on PPE try checking out one of these. They each have enough information for you to use as a 5 minute Safety Talk along with links to additional information if you need it.

The Rest of this page provides hints and tips on how to prepare for your 5 Minute Safety Talk Presentation.


Prepare Your Safety Talk

Don't Panic!

So you have been asked to give a Safety Talk!

First tip - DON'T PANIC!


If you are asked to give a Safety Talk the worst thing you can do is arrive without any preparation.

As a guideline, if you know your subject, and are starting from scratch you really should allow at least an hour to prepare a 5 minute Safety Talk.

If you don't really know your subject, you should allow a lot longer to do the research necessary.

Find out how the subject of your safety talk affects your organisation or the group of people that you will be present. Tailor your presentation to met the needs of your audience.


The venue for your safety talk may be dictated to you. It may be an existing meeting room, site office or other suitable location.

Make sure any equipment or props you need are going to be available. If you need an overhead projector to show a Powerpoint presentation, is there one available? Is there room to demonsate putting on a Safety Harness?

Check the location before you start your preparation, it may determine the type of presentation you deliver.


Decide on the best time to have the safety talk, once again this may be determined for you. A good time is a the start of a shift, or at the start of a meeting.

Avoid having a safety talk at the end of a meeting or at the end of a shift. You will find people are not interested and just want to get away.

How Long

Safety Talks should be kept short and to the point. The aim is to get the message across efficiently and quickly in a way that will be understood and remembered.

A Safety Talk is not a training course. Think of it as a memory jogger, a quick bit of advise, or a short discussion session.

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Ideally a Safety Talk need only be about 5 minutes long, certainly it should not be longer than 10 minutes.

What Topic?

Choose a single topic, there are some ideas below. Pick something that is relevant to the people you will be presenting to, or the work that they are performing.

Keep It Short, Simple (remember KISS), allow discussion on the topic but maintain control. If you need to you can review the discussion topics in another Safety Talk.


Examples can be great, especially if they are specific to the work force being addressed, or the tasks being performed. Props, items of PPE, Video Clips, Photographs and so on can all add value and interest to your Safety Talk.



As already mentioned you can allow questions to be asked, and you should encourage this. It is up to you whether you answer questions as you go or ask for questions to be kept until the end. A good discussion group can turn a Safety Talk in to a valuable session for all attending.

Attendance Records

Keep a record of those attending the Safety Talk. Most companies use these to demonstrate a level of commitment to safety.

You can use these records for a number of things. A check can be made to ensure that the target audience is being captured, or are there some individuals, shifts, or contractors that have been missed.

If you are required to provide evidence of Safety training, attendance records for Safety Talks can form a part of this evidence.


When you have completed your Safety Talk you should archive it. It can then be used again in the future as a refresher or for new personnel.

If using an archived Safety Talk be sure to check the validity of the information. Check that legislation or local rules have not changed. Check that the work tasks are similar and that the information being conveyed is relevant.

Make notes each time you give the Safety Talk detailing questions asked, areas that need further explanation and props used.

Safety Book - Bedtime reading

If you want to know more, or need to do further research, this book provides excellent information.

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Safety Talk Topics

Looking for a Safety Talk Topic? Try these.

If you are looking for a 5 minute Safety Talk on a specific topic try checking out one of these. They each have enough information for you to use as a 5 minute Safety Talk along with links to additional information if you need it.

Do you have any comments, suggestions or ideas? This is your opportunity to have your say. Leave comments about safety talks you have given, safety talks you have received or any other related topic.

What do you think? - Leave some feedback.

Dhookraj Singh on May 07, 2014:

Excellent tips! Well laid out and informative.Thank you.

williamslaw on April 25, 2014:

Very useful advice. I interact a lot with kids and this would come in handy.

robertred24 on August 12, 2013:

Used to do safety talks at work, I have found your advice very useful. I will follow them without doubts!

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OUTFOXprevention1 on March 30, 2012:

Great lens! Consistent safety information keeps it fresh in the minds of employees and clients. We always focus on hygiene and infection control safety talks! Let us know if you want some of our ideas. Check out our lenses for examples.

brynimagire on March 27, 2012:

Amazing lens ! Nice post.

m1kerayne on February 24, 2012:

Safety is something that people take lightly until its too late. Best thing is prevention.

nyclittleitaly on January 03, 2012:

safety talks are valuable especially in this day in age

ekkoautos on November 30, 2011:

Yes, the safety talk is necessary, so people will recognize the way to rescue

agent009 on November 25, 2011:

I've heard plenty of horror stories with people who work in construction or a factory so knowing safety is very very important.

plcmentor on November 21, 2011:

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nhills on November 14, 2011:

yes this id great info and much needed in work palce

nwills90_123 on October 28, 2011:

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joekoeman lm on September 20, 2011:

Thanks for the advice. Great lens!

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Vicki from USA on July 13, 2011:

Great advice on preparing for and giving safety talks!

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A different appraoch to a lens - Instead of continuous realms of content, this approach certainly works well and delivers me unto areas that are easy to access - may apply this approach myself in future posts. A worthwhile blog that I found covers similar areas and can provide an extra point of reference, if required!

thaifactorysource on June 11, 2011:

As a Certified Safety Auditor myself, I found your Lens excellent and very relevant. I work in Thailand where safety is VERY low on the agenda and I have seen some unbelievable safety infringements. I am currently working in a factory but not in a HSE role however, I still ensure that safety concerns are addressed before they become a problem. Management MUST take it seriously and be a part of the solution or toolbox talks become a waste of energy. This is me:

joekoeman lm on May 26, 2011:

Nicely done. Thank you!

UKGhostwriter on March 21, 2011:

Excellent lens - well done!!

Robin S from USA on September 09, 2010:

Excellent tips!

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 08, 2010:

Good job and a good topic. Well done.

anonymous on January 29, 2010:

Time to change the way safety professionals provide education to staff and employees, time to try a new way to make the information stick. Most safety talks work well, however most employees don't care because they have seen and heard the same information over and over. Time to shake it up......

AppalachianCoun on August 31, 2009:

Great job on getting us started. Thank-you. 5 stars*****

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