Conveying safety messages – in any language

Program teaches OHS to workers with low literacy levels, ESL issues
By Johanna Faulk
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/13/2012

Given the staggering cost of workplace injuries, it’s critical occupational health and safety (OHS) training be as effective as possible to reduce incidents and claims.

Unfortunately, most OHS training takes up one full day or more in a classroom, with a presenter and 500 slides, each with reams of legislation that is then read to the audience. Even the best students can barely stay awake, much less learn anything.

Some companies and unions have worked hard to develop more engaging OHS training, but the bulk of it has little effect in keeping workers safe. Even engaging programs do not seem to make much of a difference, according to the 2010 report A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training and Education for the Protection of Workers by the Institute for Work and Health.