New England Laborers’ 
Health & Safety Fund Toolbox Talks

A toolbox talk is a short safety talk or meeting about a specific subject relevant to the work being performed at a jobsite. Although these talks are brief in nature, they are to the point regarding issues that workers are confronted with on a regular basis. They do not replace formal training.

A toolbox talk is a hands-on way to remind Laborers about both the importance of being safe and the role workers play in providing for their own safety on the job. Through toolbox talks, the New England Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund informs Laborers about health and safety requirements for the equipment, materials, and procedures that they use every day or for particular tasks.

All Topics are Offered as 
Toolbox Talks & On-Site Presentations

• Asbestos in Construction

• Asphalt/Paving Hazards

• Back Injury Prevention

• Bird Droppings/Histoplasmosis

• Bloodborne Pathogens

• Cold Stress/Environments

• Confined Spaces

• COVID-19/Flu/RSV

• CPR/AED/First Aid

• Diesel Fume Exposure

• Drug Testing in the Workplace

• Electrical Safety

• Environmental Hazards

• Excavation & Trenching

• Eye/Head/Hand Injuries

• Fall Protection

• Fitness for Duty

• Four High Hazards

• Hazardous Communication

• Hazardous Waste

• Hearing Loss Prevention

• Health and Wellness

• Heat Stress/Sun Sense

• Hexavalent Chromium

• Ladder and Lift Safety

• Lead in Construction

• Lyme Disease/West Nile Virus

• Marijuana in the Workplace

• Member Assistance Program

• Mental Well-being

• Microbial/Mold Remediation

• Narcan Training

• Nutrition

• Opioids in the Workplace

• Personal Protective Equipment

• Respiratory Protection

• Scaffold Safety

• Silica Exposure

• Slips, Trips, and Falls

• Smoking Cessation

• Stretch and Flex

• Substance Abuse

• Suicide Prevention

• Suspension Trauma

• Total Worker Wellness

• Workplace Violence

• Work Zone Safety