Toolbox Talks

NUCA Toolbox Talks are for NUCA members to use and distribute to their employees to assist them in promoting safety in the workplace. 

Contractors should hold toolbox safety talks with their employees on a weekly or bi- weekly basis. Toolbox talks should reinforce the company safety rules, warn of dangerous conditions, and describe safe procedures. 

Toolbox talks are not a substitute for training. These NUCA toolbox talks sheets are not designed to provide all the information available on the subject. However, they are designed to reinforce training and to remind workers of hazards and of ways they can protect themselves on the jobsite.

Note: Each of these NUCA Toolbox Talks sheets are saved in Adobe PDF format.

How to Give a Toolbox Talk   Como_se_da_una_Charla_de_Caja_de_Herramientas

Toolbox Talks Signup Sheet


Hoja De Signo De Charlas De Caja De Herramientas

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  Caja de Herramientas: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

2023 TBTs







OSHA Revised Hazard Communication Standard


Basic Electrical Safety - The Most Abused Device on the Job

PPE Hardhat Best Practices


OSHA's Lockout/Tagout Standard - Before You Get Started

Portable Step Ladders - Safety Best Practices


When Protecting Against Cave-Ins is Requred in Excavations

Working Safely Around Underground Utilities at Excavation Sites

  Working in Hot Environments
Clarifying Two Key Definitions in the OSHA Excavation Standards
  Basic Electrical Safety – Important Things to Know About GFCIs
OSHA’s Revised Haz-Com Standard – New GHS Label Requirements
  Learn the Five Rules of the Smith System
Personal Protective Equipment – Hazard Assessments
  Portable Fire Extinguishers - Just Remember "PASS"
The Role of the Competent Person on an Excavation Site
  Watch for Telltale Signs of Distressed Soil Around Excavations
Portable Ladders – Types and Working Loads
  Basic Electrical Safety – Stay Aware of Overhead Power Lines
PPE – Eye Protection
  Basic Excavation Safety – Safety Tips When Using Trench Boxes
Watch Out for Falling Objects When Working Inside Excavations
  OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout Standards – Why They Affect Everyone
Working Safely with
Table Saws

  Portable Fire Extinguishers – Do’s and Don’ts
Avoiding Electrical Hazards When Using Portable Ladders
  Basic Excavation Safety – Safety Tips When Using Hydraulic Shores
Basic Electrical Safety – Avoid Misuse of Extension Cords
  Basic Scaffold Safety – Tips for Ensuring Safety on Work Platforms
Hazardous Atmosphere Inside Excavations
  OSHA’s Lockout-Tagout Standard – Forms of Hazardous Energy
Safety While Refueling Vehicles and Equipment
  OSHA’s Lockout-Tagout Standard – Safety & On-site Contractors
Avoiding Open Holes in Electrical Boxes & Panels
  Basic Excavation Safety - Safety Tips When Using Timber Shoring
Dealing with Hazards created by Water Inside Excavations
  How the End of Daylight Savings Time Can be Deadly
PPE - Voluntary Use of Dust Masks
  Operating a Pedestal or Bench Grinder - Basic Safety Requirements
The Role of the Competent Person for Scaffolding

  Preventing Fires Caused by Electrical Chords

The Correct Way to Store Portable Ladders
Basic Scaffold Safety – Safety Starts at Ground Level
  Basic Electrical Safety - The Dark Side of Electricity
OSHA’s Revised Haz-Com Standard – “Skull & Crossbones” Pictogram
  Basic Excavation Safety - Tips for Sloped & Benched Excavations
OSHA Rules About Walking or Driving Across Open Excavations
  PPE - Hand Protection / General Hazards
PPE – Foot Protection
  Working in Cold Weather and Environments




Bad Weather Driving


Manejando En Tiempo Malo

Driver Distractions 


Las Distracciones del Conductor

Driver Distractions Revisited 



Intersection Collisions 


Los Choques en Cruces

Parking Lot Safety


Peligros en los Parques de Estacionamiento

Road Rage/Aggressive Drivers


Furia y Agresividad en la Carretera

Rules of the Road


Reglas Del Camino

Tailgating… Following Too Close For Comfort 


Molestar a otros por manejar tan pegado




Equipment / Tools

Arc Welding Safety


Seguridad de la Soldadura de Arco

Chain Saw Safety


Seguridad del Serrucho de Cadena

Drilling Safely



Handling Gas Cylinders


Trabajando con Cilíndros de Gas

Handling Gasoline And Flammable Liquids


Trabajando con Gasolina Y Líquidos Inflamables

Hand Tools Safety


Seguridad con las Herramientas de Mano

Improper Battery Handling Can Burn You


Uso de Baterías

Inspect Slings For Safe Lifting


Inspeccione las Eslingas para un Levante Seguro

Ladder Safety


La Seguridad de Escaleras

Locking and Tagging Out Equipment


Clausura y Señalización del Equipo

Machine Guarding


Seguros en las Máquinas

Mechanics – Safe Work Habits


Mecánicos Buenos

Operating Cut-Off Saws Safely


Operación Segura de la Sierra Circular

Pneumatic Tools


Herramientas Neumáticas

The Proper Use of Portable Ventilators


El Uso Apropiado de los Ventiladores Portátiles

Refueling Construction Equipment


Poniendo Combustible en Equipo de Construcción

Safe Operation of Abrasive Wheel Grinders


Operaciones Seguras de la Rueda Pulidora Abrasiva

Safety Measures for Quick-Disconnect Attachment Couplers


Medidas de Seguridad para la Rápida Desconexión del Enganche de Acoplamiento

Sling Safety


Seguridad de las Eslingas

Using Jacks Safely


El Uso Seguro de los gatos

Using Pipe Plugs Safely


Usando Tapones De Tubos Seguramente

Wood Chippers


Astilladoras de Madera

Working Around Equipment


Trabajos Alrededor de los Equipos

Working Safely With Skid Steer Loaders


Seguridad en el Trabajo con las Cargadoras de Dirección Deslizante

Vibrating Tools/Equipment Pose HAVS Risk


Los Equipos y las Herramientas con Vibración Causan Riesgos del Síndrome HAVS




General Safety



3-Point Contact


Contacto de 3-Puntos

Avoiding Animal, Snake and Insect Related Hazards


Como se Evita Peligros Relacionados con Animales, Serpientes e Insectos

Avoid Pipe Handling Pinch Points


Evitar pellizcarse cuando esté trabajando con tuberías

Back Injury Prevention


Prevencion de la Herida de Espaldas

Call Before You Dig


Llame Antes de Empezar a Cavar

Confined-Space Entry


Entradas a Espacios Confinados

Electrical Hazards


Los Peligros Eléctricos

Employee Safety Responsibilities


La Responsabilidad de los Empleados en su Seguridad

First Aid


Primeros Auxilios

First Aid for Burns


Primeros Auxilios para Quemaduras

First Aid for Eye Emergencies


Primeros Auxilios para Emergencias de los Ojos

Foreman/Supervisor Commitment to Safety


Compromiso de Seguridad del Capataz/Supervisor

Handling Chemical Spills


Manejo de Derrames Químicos

Hazard Communications—Your Right To Know


Comunicacion Del Peligro

HDD Electrocution Risk


El Riesgo de HDD Electrocution

Health Hazards of Working with Sewage


Peligros para la Salud al Trabajar con Desagues

How To Read Material Safety Data Sheet


Cómo Leer Una Hoja de Datos de Seguridad de Materiales

How To Use A Fire Extinguisher


Como Usar un Extintor Del Fuego

Manhole Entry Procedures


Procedimientos de Entrada a una Alcantarilla

Personal Inspection Checklist


Lista Personal de Inspección

Protecting Workers from Tick Bites and Tick-Borne Disease


Como deben protegerse los trabajadores de picaduras de garrapatas y de las enfermedades causadas por ellas

Removing Construction Banding Is A Snap


Remueva las Bandas de Construcción Rápidamente

Substance Abuse in the Workplace


Abuso de Sustancias en el Trabajo

Trench Safety


Seguridad en las Zanjas




Unsafe Acts, Unsafe Conditions

Why Take a Chance?


¿Porque Correr Riesgos?

Work Zone Safety


Seguridad en la Zona de Trabajo




Personal Protective Equipment

Hand Protection


Protección de Manos

Head Protection


Protección de Cabeza

Hearing Protection


La Proteccion Auditiva

Eye And Face Protection


Protección de Ojo y Cara

Foot Protection


Protección de Pie

Personal Protective Equipment—An Overview


Revision del Equipo de Proteccion Personal




Weather and Environment

Bad Weather Driving Reminder


Manejando En Tiempo Malo

Be Careful Of The Sun


Cuídese del Sol

Heat Exhaustion And Heatstroke


El Agotamiento Y la Insolación

Keep Your Cool When The Weather Is Hot


Manténgase Fresco Mientras el Clima está Caluroso

Overhead Power Lines


Lineas Electricas Aereas

Poison Plant Problems


Las Plantas Venenosas pueden Causar Problemas

Protecting Yourself from the Sun


Los Rayos del Sol

Working in Cold Weather


Cuando Trabaje en Climas Fríos