Workplace Safety for Non-English Speakers

Diverse Workforce

5 min read As American workplaces become increasingly diverse, language can become an obstacle for many businesses. Workers who don’t speak English or for whom English is not their first language may struggle to understand workplace procedures. When the procedures in question are related to safety, lack of comprehension or misunderstanding are especially problematic. Non-English-speaking workers may struggle to read training documents, safety signs and other written materials. They also may not feel very comfortable asking for clarification …

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