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5 Minute Safety Talks

Updated on January 18, 2015

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.

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.

Introduction to Health and Safety at Work, Third Edition: The Handbook for the NEBOSH National General Certificate
Introduction to Health and Safety at Work, Third Edition: The Handbook for the NEBOSH National General Certificate

UK Buyers use this link to save on Postage costs: Introduction to Health and Safety at Work: The Handbook for the NEBOSH National General Certificate


Vote on Safety Talks - What is your opinion on Safety Talks?

Most people have a different opinion, but just how effective are safety talks? Let us find out by answering the following question.

Are Safety Talks an effect means of communicating Safety Information?

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Other Safety Talk Ideas - Get even more ideas and help from these books

Tool Box Safety Talks (English and Spanish Edition)
Tool Box Safety Talks (English and Spanish Edition)

UK Buyers use this link to save on Postage costs: Tool Box Safety Talks


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.

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      Dhookraj Singh 

      4 years ago

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

    • williamslaw profile image


      4 years ago

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

    • robertred24 profile image


      5 years ago

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

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      5 years ago

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      6 years ago

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      6 years ago

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      6 years ago

      Amazing lens ! Nice post.

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      6 years ago

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

    • nyclittleitaly profile image


      7 years ago

      safety talks are valuable especially in this day in age

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Safety is extremely important in our business. You may also be interested in our training lens for automation:

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      7 years ago

      yes this id great info and much needed in work palce

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      7 years ago

      some good tips here thankyou, im going to take this all on board, my blog is also about safety but with lasers

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      joekoeman lm 

      7 years ago

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      7 years ago from USA

      Great advice on preparing for and giving safety talks!

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      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!

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      7 years ago

      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:

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      joekoeman lm 

      7 years ago

      Nicely done. Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens - well done!!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Excellent tips!

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Good job and a good topic. Well done.

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      9 years ago

      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......

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      9 years ago

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


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