Workplace Communicator Blog

6 Items Companies Omit in their Health and Safety Manuals

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Feb 11, 2013

If you're reading this article, you know that any decent health and safety training manual has to include information such as personal protective equipment (PPE), emergency evacuation, incident reporting and so on.

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Topics: training professionals, safety manuals, WHS manuals, safety professionals, induction training, health and safety manuals

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

3 Productivity Improvements for Standard Operating Procedures

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Sep 10, 2012

Standard Operating Procedures are often very complicated.  They are usually written to be compliant with little thought put into making sure they are easy to read and understand (see 5 Mistakes Companies makes with their Standard Operating Procedures).  However, in the race to be compliant, little thought is put into how to teach staff how to undertake procedures as productively and efficiently as possible.

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Topics: improving productivity with procedures, safety professionals, induction training, hr professionals, standard operating procedure, standard operating procedures

Workplace Safety Assessment for Safety, Training, HR & Communication

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Thu, Jul 26, 2012

A new and free workplace communication review service has been launched by Digicast Productions which provides expert advice to companies on how to tweak their workplace communication materials for better acceptance of messages from staff and contractors.

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Topics: workplace safety communication, safety professionals, induction training, free workplace communication assessment, hr professionals

5 Mistakes Companies make with their Standard Operating Procedures

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 16, 2012

As a safety content producer, I get the rare chance to look at countless standard operating procedures from a variety of large companies.

We use these documents to write clear, friendly scripts, in order to produce training videos that will engage, increase learner understanding and recall.  Nearly, 95% of the time, these standard operating procedures are really hard to read and understand.  And they're very often wrong.

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Topics: SOPs, safety professionals, induction training, hr professionals, standard operating procedure, standard operating procedures

How to Improve your E-learning Safety Training

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, May 15, 2012

Did you know that active safety training is three times more effective than passive training methods in promoting knowledge and skill acquisition?  And that the most engaging methods of safety training are, on average, most effective in reducing negative outcomes such as accidents?

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Topics: e-learning, e-learning video training, safety professionals, induction training, hr professionals

Safety Expert Interviews on Safety Communication & Safety Training

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Thu, Apr 26, 2012

At the Melbourne Safety in Action Show on 18 April, we filmed video interviews with four safety experts that we streamed live over the Internet. 

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Topics: CEOs and executives, training professionals, workplace safety communication, training videos, safety professionals, induction training, safety culture, hr professionals

8 Tips to Improve Safety Induction Training

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

According to the the research paper "Relative Effectiveness of Worker Safety and Health Training Methods" from the American Journal of Public Health in February 2006, engaging safety training is three times more effective than the least engaging methods in promoting knowledge and skill acquisition.  In addition, the most engaging methods of safety training are, on average, most effective in reducing negative outcomes such as accidents.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety professionals, induction training, hr professionals

Why Workplace Safety Compliance Sucks

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Feb 14, 2012

Back in 1996, Donald J Eckenfelder wrote in Values-Driven Safety,  that the American safety body, OSHA, mostly works through fear.  It's regulation based and requires compliance or else sanctions are applied.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety professionals, induction training, safety culture, hr professionals, safety compliance, CEOs and workplace safety, improving safety behaviour

6 Ways to use the whole brain in Workplace Training

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

In the book, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, he compares both the left and right hemispheres of the brain and discussed that you need to include both hemispheres when creating anything new.

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Topics: right brain training, workplace training, induction training, workplace training materials