Workplace Communicator Blog

5 Sloppy Workplace Safety Communication Mistakes to Fix NOW

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 9, 2012

Mistakes are a healthy part of learning.  They're nothing to be embarrassed about, as long as you learn from them and move on.  But being sloppy is a totally different story.

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Topics: safety communication mistakes, CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety professionals

5 Topics to include in your Workplace Safety Speech

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jun 25, 2012

Writing a safety speech can be a daunting task.  But rather than staring at a computer screen for inspiration, we've put together some helpful topic reminders to include in your speech to get maximum motivation and attention from your workforce.  Refer to these five must-have topics to help get you started.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, CEO safety speech, workplace safety communication, safety speech, improving safety speeches

8 Mine Safety Signs that Improve Mine Safety Communication

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Wed, May 9, 2012

Every mining company knows that a safe working environment for everyone, including sub-contractors, is the mine site’s responsibility – even if headquarters is in Australia, Canada, or the United States.

Getting your mine site up to scratch, to meet MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) or Department of Mines and Petroleum inspections can be a lot of work.

But how do you easily and cost effectively improve mine safety communication?

Safety and budget-conscious mines like Barrick Gold Corporation, Rio Tinto and Newmont Mining Corporation create mining safety labels on-site with thermal transfer printers - satisfying Government regulations and keeping operations running smoothly.

Mine equipment operators, mill operators and maintenance personnel face dangers every day, but traditional safety sign ordering methods are costly and too slow to make an immediate impact on safety.

Many Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) managers still dig through thick catalogues in search of just the right sign with the correct dimensions, colors and Government compliant language. Requisitions slow the process further.

Ordering custom signs from sign shops is ridiculously expensive and slow - especially for delivery to remote locations. You’ll wait weeks and weeks - nearly forgetting you ordered the signs in the first place.

This process hinders getting signs up quickly or even at all especially when you have to buy 20 or 30 signs to get a price break even though you only needed a couple.

While, older labelling systems are expensive and unwieldy.

The good news? Thermal transfer printers may be ordered directly and delivered overnight to remote sites. Almost immediately, you can create all the signs and labels you need and they’ll perform anywhere in and around the mine. Thermal transfer printers use heat to literally “bake” on graphics and text to vinyl and other supplies which have been tested to perform under the most demanding conditions.

It's an easy and quick way to get your workplace safety communication happening instantly.

Mining Safety Tips & Guidelines

So while no two mines are alike, there’s a good chance you’ll need the following signs:
  • Traffic signs
  • Facility signs
  • No smoking/cell phone signs
  • Mine permit boundary signs
  • Identification tags for exploration
  • Pipe markers
  • Valve tags
  • Arc Flash NFPA70E signs
Signs also provide:
  • Radio call number information
  • Instructions about personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Start-up procedures
  • Marking tools with colors, numbers and barcodes helps reduce theft and loss and color marking hard hats and equipment to differentiate shifts and departments helps keep people as well as tools in their sector. When short-term electrical outages occur, signs that are visible in the dark help people find their way. 
  • Signs and labels created using the thermal transfer process will last for years. With specialty supplies, they will adhere to virtually any surface.
Generic Signs Don’t Cut It

Signs and labels that are site specific to company policy make all the difference for new hires, visitors and subcontractors. Just like customised training materials, customised site signs improve site safety effectiveness.  Multilingual signs support a global workplace encompassing Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Call it the autonomy of the label printer. You control when and how frequently you create signs and labels. You see an accident waiting to happen, zip right back to your desk, print out a sign and post it on the spot. No waiting for approval. No paperwork to fill out. No injury or worse.

Guest author: Martin Carter, Global Mining Manager for Graphic Products, works directly with mine safety managers to customize and implement safety identification programs that meet compliance requirements while improving mine communications and security. Martin Carter, Graphic Products,,1-800-788-5572 Ext. 5683 or visit  Photo credit: Duralabel
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Topics: Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety professionals, mine safety communication

8 Tips on Designing Attention-Getting Workplace Safety Signs

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Apr 3, 2012

When it comes to warnings about potential dangers or giving people an important instruction on site, you have to rely on labels and signs to communicate.  A sign's message can be communicated effectively with a picture that can be understood across all ages and languages (see Why Using Visuals in your Communication is so Important for more information on why visuals work so well).

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Topics: Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety signs, safety professionals

7 Steps to Writing your Company's Safety Message

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Mar 19, 2012

If you're in charge of writing the next safety message or safety slogan for your company's safety initiatives, you know that you've got a challenge ahead of you.  After all, most safety slogans become invisible and ineffective pretty quickly.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety messages, Communication professionals, safety professionals

How to write the CEO Safety Speech

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Thu, Feb 17, 2011

How the safety speech is written depends upon it's form of delivery (eg: written speech for the annual report, face to face presentation to staff or video presentation) and the audience. Ideally, the speech is tailored as much as possible to the particular group of workers as this will get more traction.

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Topics: safety communications in workplace safety, CEOs and executives, safety messages, Communication professionals, training professionals, workplace safety communication, communicating OHS messages, CEO safety messages, workplace safety messages, hr professionals, workplace safety, CEO workplace safety speech

How Poor Communication Results in Workplace Mistakes

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Sep 13, 2010

Research studies tell us that 70% of workplace mistakes are a result of poor communication.

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Topics: Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety professionals, reducing mistakes through poor communication