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The 2-Hour Toolbox Talks course is a DOB-approved Site Safety Training (SST) course for NYC construction supervisors that provides a detailed overview of how to lead effective toolbox talks. These regularly scheduled safety briefings inform workers of job-specific hazards and promote training and workplace safety compliance among your team.

This 100% online course provides two hours of DOB-approved Site Safety Training that you can apply toward your Supervisor SST card. You'll learn about the importance of toolbox talks and effective techniques for planning and running engaging safety meetings.

About the 2-Hour Toolbox Talks Course

SST Standards

Satisfies Training Standards for:

Site Safety Training (SST) requirements of NYC Local Law 196

Accessibility Features

Accessibility Features:

Free audio narration and Live Chat support


Approved by:

New York City Department of Buildings (DOB)

Online Course


100% online course

Instant Cert


Instant digital certificate for two hours of DOB-approved Site Safety Training

NYC Workers

Designed for:

NYC construction and demolition workers who need an SST Worker or Supervisor card

Who Should Take 2-Hour Toolbox Talks?

This DOB-approved SST course is designed for New York City construction workers seeking an SST Supervisor card under Local Law 196.

NYC construction workers who require this training may include:

  • Construction Superintendents
  • Site Safety Coordinators
  • Site Safety Managers
  • Competent Persons

For additional information on SST training requirements, including elective options and a list of required courses for the Supervisor SST card, see our guide to Local Law 196.

Course Details

This course trains construction supervisors to lead effective toolbox talks that reinforce the importance of workplace safety. Toolbox talks are casual and informative meetings that focus on safety and health topics related to a specific job, including hazard awareness and safety best practices.

You'll learn everything you need to know about toolbox talks, including planning, presenting, recordkeeping and avoiding common errors. Plus, you'll develop an example toolbox talk using a provided template.

The course is 100% online and approved by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). It provides two hours of Site Safety Training (SST) credit that NYC construction workers can apply toward their Supervisor SST card.

Benefits of 2-Hour Toolbox Talks:

  • Train at your own pace
  • Guaranteed to pass
  • Provides 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Audio narration
  • Interactive quizzes

The course takes at least two hours to complete. You must take a five-question quiz at the end of each module and pass a 20-question comprehensive final exam. The exam and all quizzes are multiple choice, and you have an unlimited number of attempts to pass.

You are required to score at least 80% on each quiz and at least 70% on the final exam to receive SST course credit. Once you pass each course module quiz and the final exam, you can instantly download a digital Certificate of Completion. You must complete your training within 180 days of purchase.

This course does not provide an SST card. To get your Supervisor SST card, you need to finish all your required training and provide your course certificates to a DOB-approved Site Safety Training provider.

» Learn more about DOB course requirements for SST cards

NYC Site Safety Training courses give you the opportunity to earn IACET CEUs through our parent company Certus. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Certus offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.

» See our IACET accreditation

Learning Objectives

This course teaches New York City construction supervisors how to plan and conduct engaging toolbox talks that promote the importance of workplace safety and training.

Upon completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how toolbox talks reinforce training and safety compliance
  • State why toolbox talks are needed on a worksite
  • List appropriate methods for obtaining feedback from workers during and after a toolbox talk
  • Explain how toolbox talks increase camaraderie and communication and create a positive culture of worksite safety

You can find an outline of all course modules below.

Course Outline

The course is divided into three modules covering the basics of toolbox talks. Each module ends with a brief quiz, and you must pass a final exam to receive your SST training credit.


The course introduction provides a brief overview of the course, including key learning objectives and facts about Site Safety Training.

Module 1: Toolbox Talk Basics

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Reasons for toolbox talks
  • Who should lead and attend
  • When and where to meet
  • Toolbox talk components
  • Meeting topics, feedback and recordkeeping

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain why toolbox talks are conducted on the worksite
  • Discuss logistical details of holding a toolbox talk, such as location, time of day and instructor
  • List the components that make up a toolbox talk, including topic, method of instruction, materials needed, feedback and evaluation

Module 2: Engaging Adult Learners

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Presenting an engaging toolbox talk
  • Preparation, delivery and error traps
  • Assessing learning through feedback and evaluation

Learning objectives include:

  • List effective methods for preparing and delivering an engaging toolbox talk
  • Discuss how to avoid common errors while presenting a toolbox talk
  • Explain how to assess the value and effectiveness of a toolbox talk

Module 3: Recordkeeping and Resources

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Recordkeeping
  • Archiving your teaching materials
  • Safety resources for workers
  • Creating a toolbox talk using a template
  • Toolbox talk presentations

Learning objectives include:

  • State best practices for recording and archiving toolbox talks
  • List OSHA resources that address workers' rights to a safe workplace
  • Develop an example toolbox talk using a template