The Importance Of Workplace Safety Posters
Workplace safety posters are posters or notices that talk about and promote safety in any work area prone to accidents. They could display correct procedures, processes, or even attitudes that are "good to follow" and help avoid mishaps. They could use shock, alarm, or even humor to get their point across. The good ones really work to some degree, whereas many others just become part of the background. This article talks about some things to consider when putting up safety posters in general.
Please note: The posters talked about in this article are not to be confused with the Health and Safety Law poster which is required by law to be displayed in UK businesses when workers have not been provided with a copy of the approved leaflet which outlines health and safety law.
There are various kinds of workplace safety posters. There could be manual handling posters that detail correct techniques, procedures, or body postures to follow to ensure safety for all. Then there are health and safety posters that deal more specifically with individual safety. Another class of posters is the fire safety posters that, as the name implies, help prevent or control fires. All of these posters are important in different circumstances and workplace areas. The first thing is to decide which poster to use and in what frequency and location.
Once you choose the workplace safety poster topics that you need and the areas where they will be placed, the next job is to decide on the communication style. Humor is a popular choice but does not work well for everything. Sometimes alarm, surprise, or even shock is more effective. The final choice will depend upon a combination of the area of use, the message being communicated, and the overall company philosophy and culture.
People start to notice only what is new. Using the same poster beyond a point can be useless as it merges into the background. It is important to change the posters every few weeks or at the very least rotate between locations so that everybody has a chance to view all relevant messaging. It is also important to change the style of communication to make people more receptive and make the posters appeal to those who may have not paid much attention to the meaning the first time around. The same problem can occur with safety warning signs when too many of them take away the impact of each, with potentially deadly consequences.
Workplace safety posters are commonly used in factories, commercial kitchens, shop floors, and other places where there is a possibility of an accident. As alluded to above, it is important that employees are not bombarded with messages. Not only can they suffer from information overload, but too many posters will begin to appear as background colour without being the impactful communication which is required.
Health and Safety Training
It will be worthwhile to combine the use of posters with actual workshops and health and safety training courses to ensure that people understand the poster messages and can work safely. Having a thoroughly educated workforce in safety goes far beyond having them attend a NEBOSH General Certificate course or attend a one-off bespoke health and safety training session and putting up some informative posters around the workspace. People can pass by a poster a 100 times without really changing the way they work, which is why it is vital to provide continuous training and refresher programs on a regular basis.
Not Just Health and Safety Posters
There are all kinds of posters apart from workplace safety posters. These include posters that help build teamwork, promote satisfaction and other mood changes, or just posters meant to bring a little colour into the surroundings. If you are not aware of the benefits of using posters, schedule an appointment with a vendor right away. At least have a look at the many creative options out there. You can even try and customise a poster if you have something specific that you would like to say. It could be the company vision, mission, or just the 10 commandments of the boss. They can be great tools at events, trade fairs, and as promotional advertisements.
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