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.

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 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.

To request a Tailgate Talk document please email [email protected] with the name of the document you would like. 

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


How to Hold a Tailgate Talk(downloadable pdf version) 


List of Tailgate Talks: 

email [email protected] to request Tailgate Talk documents. 


Blood Safety   Ladder Safety Handout
Carbon Monoxide Safety  

Ladder Safety Check List

Chainsaw Safety   

Ladder Safety Instructions

Cold Weather Driving  

OSHA FactSheet - Extension Ladders

Cold Weather Precautions 


OSHA FactSheet - Extension Ladders

Cold Weather Slips  

OSHA Factsheet - Step Ladders

Combustible Dust Safety


OSHA - Falling Off Ladders Can Kill

Compressed Air Safety 


OSHA - Portable Ladders

Driver Operator Safety


Lightning Safety

Dust Control    Lock Out Tag Out
Electrical Safety   Lyme Disease
Excavation and Trenching Safety   Motion Injuries
Fire Safety   Mower Safety
Hand Tool Safety   Portable Generator Safety
Hazards of Solvents   Staying Fit for Snow Fighting
Hearing Protection   Sun Induced Burns
Heavy Equipment   Trailer Towing
High Visibility Safety Apparel   Trenching Safety
Installation of Cable Clips   Working Safely Near Power Lines


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