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

"Harmonisation Law" to Directors: Ignore Workplace Safety & Lose your House

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, May 21, 2012

‘Safety First!’ is a phrase most of us have heard throughout the years, often as a reminder to look both ways before you cross the street.

However, never has this statement rung so close to home, as it does now.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety communication, safety professionals, hr professionals, WHS

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, mcarter@graphicproducts.com,1-800-788-5572 Ext. 5683 or visit www.DuraLabel.com.  Photo credit: Duralabel
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Topics: Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety professionals, mine safety communication

Breaking News: Live Safety Expert Interviews today

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Wed, Apr 18, 2012

Melbourne, Australia (18 April, 2012) – Digicast Productions, a safety and induction training video production house, today announced it will be filming safety expert video interviews and streaming them live on the Internet from the Safety in Action show in Melbourne.

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

How to Grab Attention with your Workplace Safety Communication

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Apr 17, 2012

As a safety professional, designing a safety communication campaign can be a difficult task.  After all, being an expert in safety requires different skills than being an expert in communication.

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

New Whitepaper: 8 Steps to Writing a Workplace Safety Speech

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Wed, Apr 11, 2012

Writing an engaging Safety Speech can be Tricky.  This New Report reveals the Key Steps behind writing a convincing Workplace Safety Speech. 

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Topics: CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, workplace safety speech, CEO safety speeches, CEO safety speech, workplace safety communication, safety speech, safety professionals, CEO safety messages, Marketing/business development professionals

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 Parenting teaches you to be a Business Leader

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Mar 13, 2012

After my teenage brother had been misbehaving for far too long and my mother could no longer cope, my father finally decided to have a word with him.  It involved my father daring to go into his dark bedroom and to complain about his poor behaviour.  When that didn't work, my father resorted to shouting, using threats, then personal insults and then storming out saying he could not help my brother, couldn't stand him and that he wished my brother would just leave home.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, training professionals, parenting teachers you business skills, workplace safety communication, safety professionals, Marketing/business development professionals, hr professionals