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Don't let your safety messages fall on deaf ears! Use these three tips to improve them

by , 16 May 2014
Many companies fail miserably when it comes to communicating safety messages to employees.

The reasons?

They overload employees with information to the point where employees just ignore the messages. And some companies don't even communicate to the right people.

As a result, important safety messages fall on deaf ears and employees end up not knowing how to do the job safety or how to protect themselves.

Don't make the same mistakes in your workplace.

Use these three tips to improve safety messages in your workplace so you can ensure your health and safety communication system is effective.

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Here's how…

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Three tips to improve safety messages in your workplace
 

Tip #1: Direct your safety messages to the right people or audience

OHS online.com says you must sing the right lyrics to the choir

Telling office workers who spend eight hours a day glued to their chairs and chained to their monitors about the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) isn't effective since these employees don't necessarily use PPE.

Instead, direct this message to your construction workers who spend endless hours at a construction site.

Tip #2: Make sure e-mails are straight to the point

When using e-mail to communicate an important safety message, make sure the message is simple and straight to the point. If you don't do this, your employees will ignore the message and they'll just see it as e-mail overload.

'Look at your message like a maze: The more straight passages you give readers to walk through, the quicker they get to the end (the point) and back to their jobs,' says OHS online.com.

There's one final tip you need to apply to improve safety messages in your workplace. And it's all about face-to-face communication.

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Here's one more tip to help you improve safety messages in your workplace
 

Tip #3: Don't always communicate via e-mail, use face-to-face communication

It's not a good idea to use e-mail all the time to get your safety messages across.

Some employees will simply ignore them or they'll just plead ignorance when you bust them for not following the safety procedure you outlined in an e-mail.

The best way to get your safety messages across with face-to-face communication is to conduct toolbox talks, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

The good thing with a toolbox talk is that it's short and straight to the point. And after you've done it, you can get your employees to sign an attendance register. This will make it difficult for them to lie and say they never got your safety message.

There you have it. Using these tips will help your improve safety messages in your workplace and ensure your health and safety communication system is effective.
 



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