SafeBuild News

25 July 2014

Effective Ways of Communicating Safety

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By Melissa Meyer, President of Barbier International. The article in its entirety appeared in the July 11, 2014 edtion of the Oregon DJC, here.

This is an executive summary of the article.


Executive Summary
By Melissa Meyer, President of Barbier International

Barriers to working safely are removed only if you know how to change the way you approach language and different cultures. This may be challenging for those who are not familiar with their coworkers' cultures or languages. Simplicity is best. Using graphics with simple and clear language that newcomers can learn and utilize when trying to explain their safety situation is proven effective. It takes some time to learn these steps in a way that makes sense to them.

Translating safety manuals is an option for those newcomers who are literate. Using voice over and/or subtitled videos may be a better option and also shows that the company is culturally mindful and welcoming of their newcomers. They also help the newcomer communities to be loyal to the employer for the free education that they receive. Additionally, effective videos educate the newcomer groups and make them promotable for your different positions.

There are many options available to keep all of your employees engaged. Experts who can assist you with learning how to communicate with different groups are available.

View the entire article here.



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