Workplace Communicator Blog

King's Cross station - A Safety Accident Case Study

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Sun, Dec 8, 2013

One November evening in 1987, commuters were busily rushing home from work on the London Underground.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety accident, safety professionals, safety investigation, King's Cross fire, safety report

Top 29 Catchy Safety Slogans

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 1, 2013

When it comes to getting staff to remember your important safety messages, using a safety slogan can be an effective way of getting the message through.

But not all safety slogans cut it.  A lot of them are quite bland and well, just not catchy.  Given that we're bombarded with around 3,000 messages a day, your safety slogan will become invisible and ineffective pretty quickly.

To ensure that your workplace safety communication is engaging, you need to have a stand out safety slogan.  When choosing or designing your safety slogan, there are a few things you need to consider, to make sure your safety slogan is memorable.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety messages, catchy safety slogans, safety slogan, safety professionals, safety slogans

10 Ways to make your Safety Culture Suck

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, May 20, 2013

Are your safety efforts are stuck in the past?  Unfortunately, some companies think of safety as an afterthought ensuring that it is never fully integrated into the organisation.  Thereby, ensuring that safety is never properly embedded into the company.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety professional, poor safety habits, bad at safety, poor safety culture

4 Steps to Leverage Group Behaviour to Improve Safety

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, May 6, 2013

We've all experienced the critical, negative work colleague who puts a dampener on everything.  They complain about the boss, other staff members, customers, new initiatives and always seem to see something sinister lurking behind a new initiative.  They only seem to laugh when someone hurts themselves.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, improving group safety, safety professionals, safety culture

4 Steps to Communicating Persuasively on Safety

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Apr 22, 2013

Safety professionals often complain about how hard it is to get people to listen to them about safety. This is often a subtle sign that it might be time to change how they approach communicating the need for safe behaviours, rather than getting frustrated that it's not working.  After all, as Einstein said:

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety professional, safety influence, improving safety communication, safety persuasion

How Great Safety Habits Foster a Healthy Safety Culture

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Mar 25, 2013

Researchers have found that institutional habits exist in almost every organisation.  Interestingly, one of the main differences between a company that outperforms on safety versus a poor performing company with safety are their safety habits.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety habits, safty culture, safety professional, keystone habits

5 Things Workers Hate about Workplace Safety Speeches

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Mar 4, 2013

We've all experienced being at a company speech and feeling our anger grow as the company leader waffled on about a whole lot of stuff we knew wasn't entirely accurate and wasn't based in any achievable reality.

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Topics: workplace speeches, CEOs and executives, safety professionals, improving safety speeches, bad safety speeches

Is this the best safety plan ever?

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Feb 25, 2013

Back in 1987, every Alcoa plant, worldwide, had at least one accident per week.  It was dangerous work.   Molten metals bubbled at 1,500 degrees and machines that could literally rip off a man's arm were used every day.  It was commonly accepted that some staff wouldn't make it home.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety habits, safety behaviours, safety plan, workplace safety communication, changing workplace safety behaviours, safety professionals

6 Steps to Encourage Staff to Embrace Safety Accountability

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Feb 18, 2013

If there is one thing that safety managers despair about, the world over, is how to get their staff to be more engaged and responsible for safety.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, encouraging safety responsibility, changing safety behaviour, fixing safety culture, safety professionals

Are tyrants threatening staff safety in your company?

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Feb 4, 2013

On August 5, 1997, Korean Air airplane Flight 801, crashed killing 228 people.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, staff safety, workplace tyrants, induction training, safety culture