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
on site.

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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.

If you have questions, or an idea for a tailgate talk, please email us
at genevieve.houska@montana.edu.


How to Hold a Tailgate Talk


All Tailgate Talks


Blood Safety  (pdf)   Ladder Safety Handout (pdf)
Carbon Monoxide Safety (pdf)  

Ladder Safety Check List (pdf)

Chainsaw Safety (pdf)  

Ladder Safety Instructions (pdf)

Cold Weather Driving(pdf)  

    OSHA FactSheet - Extension Ladders (pdf)

Cold Weather Precautions (pdf)


    OSHA FactSheet - Extension Ladders (pdf)

Cold Weather Slips (pdf)  

    OSHA Factsheet - Step Ladders (pdf)

Combustible Dust Safety (pdf)


    OSHA - Falling Off Ladders Can Kill (pdf)

Compressed Air Safety (pdf)


    OSHA - Portable Ladders (pdf)

Driver Operator Safety (pdf)


Lightning Safety (pdf)

Dust Control (pdf)   Lock Out Tag Out (pdf)
Electrical Safety (pdf)   Lyme Disease (pdf)
Excavation and Trenching Safety (pdf)   Motion Injuries (pdf)
Fire Safety (pdf)   Mower Safety (pdf)
Hand Tool Safety (pdf)   Portable Generator Safety (pdf)
Hazards of Solvents (pdf)   Staying Fit for Snow Fighting (pdf)
Hearing Protection (pdf)   Sun Induced Burns (pdf)

Heavy Equipment (pdf)

  Trailer Towing (pdf)
High Visibility Safety Apparel (pdf)   Trenching Safety (pdf)
Installation of Cable Clips (pdf)   Working Safely Near Power Lines (pdf)


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