Blind Spots Toolbox Talk

Overview Of Package

Blind spots are areas around a vehicle that are not directly or indirectly visible to the driver. There could be pedestrians or cyclists in your blind spots at any time. Slow down. Try to anticipate their movements.

The package contains:

  • A generic overview of Toolbox Talk Discussion including a step by step process to assist team leaders/managers and facilitators to lead a Toolbox 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
  • Blind spots poster
  • Supporting PowerPoint slides
  • Blind spots video link (access video here or contact NRSPP to download)

This toolbox talk is a collaboration between the NRSPP and the Construction Trucks and Community Safety project, Victoria. The Construction Trucks and Community Safety project is a multi-stakeholder project supported by Road Safety Victoria, Department of Transport and Planning, Victoria. Published in August 2023.



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