Mining Safety: What You Need to Know

5 min read Visual communication is essential to occupational safety and this is especially true if the workplace is a notoriously hazardous mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires that mine operators follow safety guidelines to reduce the risks of safety hazards. Mines should also employ visual safety tools such as safety signs and labels to increase safety awareness and keep operations in the workplace running smoothly. The visuals you post in your mine will depend …

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Visual Communication 101

3 min read Visual communication is one of the most effective and widely understood forms of communication, and that is especially true in facilities and warehouses. There is a plethora of places and spaces in a workplace to add visual cues: the wall, the floor, shelves and racks, pipes, wires, machines, and virtually any surface. Why Go Visual? Visual communication is the foundation for a safer workplace and is a crucial component to many Lean strategies. Hazards and …

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Provide Safe Walking Surfaces

Wet Floor Warning

5 min read Walking through the workplace may seem like a simple task that doesn’t require much attention. It’s often that type of thinking that leads to an environment where workers experience slips, trips and falls too frequently. According to OSHA, the majority of accidents in general industry are the result of slips, trips and falls, and these accidents cause 15 percent of accidental deaths in the workplace (which is second only to work-related motor vehicle accidents). Many …

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How to Use Safety Posters Effectively

Safety Posters

5 min read Safety posters cover the walls in many workplaces and can make useful additions to a safety program. They help make the workplace more visual, which makes both work tasks and safety easier to understand. While safety posters can be very useful, if they are thrown up on a wall without much planning, they can end up being a waste of time and space. To be effective, safety posters must be targeted and impactful. So how …

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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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6 Reasons to Invest in a Visual Workplace

safety sign, danger sign

5 min read A visual workplace uses tools like safety signs, labels, floor markings and other visual cues to communicate information quickly. This information may alert people to hazards, serve as a reminder or provide instructions. You may think your workplace doesn’t need added visuals. Maybe you have a good safety record and production is up, and making your workplace more visual seems like extra work you don’t have time for. Investing in a visual workplace is worth your …

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