Overview of Package

Driving requires all our focus. Situations we can find on the road have specific risks, and using mobile phone affects them in different ways. It has been found to be one of the main distractors impairing driving. This Tool Box Talk explores the danger of mobile phone use and the ways we can minimise our distraction from it.

Tool Box Talks are an effective and cost-efficient way to communicate information and knowledge about 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 dangers of mobile phone use when while driving, 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
  • Mobile phone use when driving risks when driving posters
  • Supporting PowerPoint slides
  • Video

Author Acknowledgement

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


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