Overview of Package

Driving is a complex task which depends on vision, decision making, reaction time, coordination, and divided attention. Alcohol and many prescription drugs and over the counter medications can adversely affect such skills impairing driving ability and placing you and others on the road at risk. The issue with impairment is you feel fine driving in a straight line, but when an unexpected event occurs and you suddenly must respond, your reflexes are slowed down.

Tool Box Talks are an effective and cost-efficient way to communicate information and knowledge about work driving safety, health and safety and operational issues within a workplace. A Tool Box Talk should ideally take approximately 15-20 minutes. This Tool Box Talk Package is designed to provide Team Leaders/Managers and Facilitators with the required resources and information to conduct a tool box safety talk about Alcohol and Drugs to a group of employees within the organisation.

The package contains:

  • A generic overview of Tool Box Talk Discussion including a step by step process to assist team leaders/managers and facilitators to lead a tool box talk discussion
  • Aid for the promotion of discussion
  • Topic background information and fact sheet
  • Discussion prompt sheet
  • Participant attendance record sheet
  • Participant self-assessment sheet
  • Discussion review sheet
  • Alcohol and other drugs’ risks when driving poster
  • Supporting PowerPoint slides
  • Alcohol and other drugs’ risks when driving video

Author Acknowledgement

This campaign has also been developed in collaboration with Jerome Carslake (NRSPP), Jennifer Rivera-Gonzalez (MUARC), Ruby Athanas (NRSPP Swinburne Intern 2021/22) and Tim Roberts (FleetStrategy).


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