Safety Slogans In The Workplace

Safety Slogans In The Workplace

26th January 2015

Health and safety in the workplace can be increased with the use of efficient communication strategies.  While we tend to think of “communication” as talking to each other, there are other methods of communicating that can be just as powerful (if not more so) than the spoken word.  The written word is a compelling method of communication and this is why employers are obliged by law to display safety signs in the workplace.  These signs can warn the workforce of risks and hazards on a continual basis.   Health and safety signage is particularly important in the construction industry where you need to be aware of the risks at all times.

SIGNS

All signs on site must be clearly displayed in locations where they are easy to see.  The signs and posters should also be easy to understand – using pictograms with supporting text to convey the message in a clear manner, leaving no room for mistakes.  All signs should be constructed from a durable material that is able to withstand the weather and the rigours of a construction site environment.  Standard warning sign colour schemes and legends must be used so that anybody moving from site to site will always see the same signs and understand their meanings and the hazards that they represent.

POSTERS

Any business or organisation with employees is legally obliged to clearly display the health and safety law poster and/or issue every employee with a pocket card displaying the information from the poster.  The information on the poster is clearly presented in list form advising both employers and employees of their responsibilities. 

Other posters required in the workplace are the contact details of first aiders and instructions on what to do in case of a fire emergency (which should include a map or diagram showing the route to the nearest fire assembly point).

All posters should be placed in a position where people will see and read them and should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good condition and still fully legible.  An effective way of ensuring that posters are in good condition is to have them laminated.

SLOGANS

Okay, this is the fun bit.  There are some great health and safety slogans around and they pop up everywhere – on t-shirts, caps, key rings, mouse mats, mugs, etc.  Slogans are a great way of spreading the work about health and safety in a fun and amusing manner.  A great way to harness the power of health and safety slogans is to order products for the workplace which have the slogans emblazoned on them.  Whether it’s t-shirts, caps or drinking mugs for the break room, any employer can reap the benefits of providing the workforce with some slogans.  They are likely to be read over and over again, whether consciously or subconsciously, and this will have the effect of planting those health and safety slogans in the minds of every employee, making health and safety an innate part of their thinking processes.