Horseplay is defined as rough play or pranks that can include physical contact, playing around, racing, grabbing, foolish vehicle operation, pressure to participate in unsafe acts, harassment amongst many others.

Most people have a good sense of humour and enjoy a good laugh. However, horseplay is not closely related to humour, as it often has the characteristics of cruelty, harassment and irresponsibility.

The fellow who always wants to be the centre of attention or the practical joker, is usually the one who likes to engage in horseplay. There is always a possibility of horseplay at work, even in a small group.

Within section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 it requires the employee to “take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work”. This include preventing horseplay at work.

Our horseplay toolbox talk helps keep employees safe and reduce health and safety issues in a workplace. If you are considering our horseplay toolbox talk, our Hazard Recognition Toolbox Talk might be of interest to you as well.

Items Covered in the Horseplay Toolbox Talk

Our horseplay toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Provides an introduction what horseplay is and why it can be dangerous.
  • The Hazards: Outlines some of the hazards for pranks often carried out in the workplace.
  • Control Measures: Defines the controls that can be used to prevent horseplay at work.
  • The Law: List the regulations relevant to horseplay
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Include a few questions to validate attendees understanding of the toolbox talk.

Each of our toolbox talks include an additional page where relevant hazards on site can be identified and discussed, together with an attendance list where participants can be recorded and sign.

Purchase our Horseplay Toolbox Talk to keep your employees safe, or take advantage of our toolbox talk packages which contains a range of our toolbox talks at a reduced price.