Why Are Safety Slogans Important

Importance of Safety Slogans

How to write your own safety slogans



image.pngSafety slogans have been instrumental in assisting the general public to abide by safety rules.  Slogans my generation will never forget include: “Only you can prevent forest fires,” “Stranger Danger,” and “Just say no (to drugs)”.  My childhood safety slogans will stay ingrained in my head forever, and similar safety slogans in the workplace can help underline your safety prevention procedures.  Employees may complain about “silly” or “cheesy” safety slogans, but they have proven helpful in deterring unsafe practices.

Introducing Safety Slogans to Employees Safety Slogan Resources

Some areas in your workplace may consistently prove to be dangerous because of employee carelessness or unsafe shortcuts.  In these cases, a safety slogan my help your employees remember to follow safety protocols.  For example, introducing a safety slogan like, “Safety glasses – all in favor, say EYE”, could help your employees remember to wear safety goggles in a designated area.

Introducing this new slogan is most effective in conjunction with a safety meeting.  Combining a thorough meeting identifying the safety issue and introducing the one line slogan will be more effective than just introducing the slogan.  After you introduce the slogan, post the slogan in the designated area.  This will remind employees about the entire safety meeting in one short, simple slogan.

Enforcing the Slogan

Simply stating the slogan to an employee not following protocol will enforce the new safety procedure to that employee and surrounding employees.  Getting your managers to join in the enforcement will help employees follow the new protocol as well.

Fun Slogans

Slogans that are humorous and/or rhyme often get more attention than other slogans.  Some funny and catchy slogans that grab employees’ attentions include:

  • Be aware, Take care
  • Know safety, No Accidents
  • Your good health is your greatest wealth
  • Safety is free — use it generously
  • If you are aware of it, take care of it
  • Make safety a reality, don’t be a fatality
  • A harness is better than a hearse
  • Normal speed meets every need
  • Hearing protection is a sound investment
  • Lifting’s a breeze when you bend at the knees
  • Organ donor = A person who doesn’t use his or her safety equipment
  • Arms work best when attached to the body
  • Hard hats, they’re not just for decoration
  • Hand in, hamburger out

Wherever safety is a concern, a safety slogan can be a helpful tool in accident prevention.  Introducing safety principles to employees can be effective within safety meetings and through the use of a sign.  Enforcing the safety rule is simply a matter of reminding employees of the slogan.  Finally, using fun, catchy slogans can encourage employees to remember the safety rule and to have fun with safety.

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Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot, Compliance Controller and Global Pandemic Expert at Everything Safety
Barry Spud
What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

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