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Safety Toolbox Talk Meeting Topic: Pedestrians safety EHS tips

Pedestrians mainly face three types of hazards when moving around the workplace viz. slips / trips / falls, collisions with moving vehicles or falling objects and injuries caused by an poor work environment such as noise, heat or harmful substances. Among all these dangers, hit and crush by a vehicle are the main cause of pedestrian accidents.

This Safety Toolbox talk meeting topic helps you communicate the general safety measures to peoples that pedestrians should follow to keep them safe when moving in the workplace and on the road.


Safety Toolbox Talk Meeting Topic: Pedestrians safety

Safety Toolbox Talk Meeting Topic: Pedestrians safety

Vehicle traffic in the workplace is considered the greatest danger for pedestrians, as many fetal accidents at work are caused by vehicles. This safety toolbox talk will help you improve pedestrian safety by communicating general safety precautions regarding workplace management, work environment, and traffic management.


Pedestrians safety Toolbox Talk Meeting points

👉 When dedicated pedestrian walkways are provided, always use them and never cross an area where pedestrians are not permitted.

👉 Do not violate or cross the separation line of pedestrians and vehicles to avoid accidents.

👉 Always enter or leave the road from marked and assigned locations which is separated exclusively for pedestrians.

👉 Always use firm, level, well-drained walkways designed for pedestrians and avoid shortcuts.

👉 Obey the traffic rules and follow the safety signs. Do not enter the restricted area.

👉 Do not jump on bulkheads or guards to cross driveways or roads. Cross the road from crossing points only where drivers and pedestrians can easily see each other.

👉 If you want to cross the road where there is no dedicated crosswalk or intersection, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Be patience; wait for a marginal gap in the traffic that allows enough time to cross safely.

👉 Make sure the walkways are not obstructed and are not difficult to negotiate.

👉 Cover the damaged slabs of the drain located in the walkways / roads.

👉 Make sure that the walkways are protected against any risk of being hit by falling materials. Report such hazardous conditions to the attention of the responsible supervisor.

👉 Provide a physical barrier between walkways and roads where possible.

👉 Do not cross the road talking on the cell phone.

👉 Follow the information, guideline and instructions that displayed in the work area.

👉 Always walk on sidewalks whenever available, in the absence of it, walk on the side facing traffic and keep a safe distance.

👉 Stay alert, watch traffic, follow traffic rules, and avoid attending the call on your cell phone on road to avoid distractions.

👉 Never assume that a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to ensure you are seen.

👉 Wear a high visibility vest during the day and a reflective vest at night to stay visible at all times.

👉 If there is no dedicated pedestrian walkway and the way is obstructed by parked vehicles then cross it with caution as there is blank spot.

👉 Cross roads only after you have verified that it is safe to do so. When using shared pedestrian and truck routes, give plenty of room to trucks if possible.

👉 In heavy vehicle parking areas, make sure the driver is aware of your presence before approaching a truck or yard vehicle.

👉 Report any hazardous situation or hazardous area that you consider a risk to pedestrians. If you are concerned about the risk of collision with pedestrians, also report the circumstances to your supervisor for corrective action.

👉 Do not enter or cross barricaded areas in the workplace, it is dangerous.

👉 Never stand, walk or cross in front of or behind a manned vehicle without making eye contact and obtaining permission from the driver - the driver may not have seen you and could reverse or move forward without warning.

👉 Never use a cell phone while going up or down stairs, choose a safe position, or stay on the landing before making or answering a call or text message.

👉 Walking on road and your cell phone rings then stay still in a safe position for the duration of the call.

👉 Do not walk / pass under the suspended load and in the danger zone marked around heavy equipment such as excavator, bulldozer, crane, etc.

👉 Do not cross beside the dump truck when a loading operation is in progress.

👉 Wet or greasy walkways are more dangerous and present a risk of slip and fall.

👉 Road / walkways can become slippery in rain or snow, walk carefully.

👉 An unsecured drain cover, rug, mat, walkway cleaning activity can also be considered hazards and therefore walk slowly with caution.

👉 When walking, watch out for obstacles on walkways such as temporary cables, dragging cables, small boxes, tools, and other disused equipment can create a trip hazard.

👉 Use ear muff or an earplug when entering or crossing a high noise area. Use a dust mask when passing through a dusty area. Always use helmet and safety shoes while working or walking in industrial workplace.


Regular Safety Toolbox Talk meeting on pedestrians’ safety should be held to recap safety precautions when walking/ moving in the workplace or on the road. Always use dedicated walkways but in its absence, always remain vigilant and watch the traffic of vehicles. Obey traffic rules and safe work practices by following safety signs and instructions.

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