As the cliché goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Telling workers what they should and shouldn’t do isn’t always as effective as showing them a picture or video of people taking unnecessary safety risks.
In fact, one of the most popular features on OHS Insider is the Spot the Safety Violation series, which are based on photographs depicting safety hazards, such as puddles of water or mislabelled containers of hazardous substances, or workers engaging in unsafe behaviours, such as working at heights without fall protection or not wearing seatbelts on powered mobile equipment.
In our recent survey, we were thrilled to learn that you use the Spot the Safety Violations to train your workers. For example, one reader said he prints them out and posts them in the workplace.
We can always use more pictures of safety hazards or unsafe behaviour. So we’d like to enlist your assistance.
Send your pictures to us at SafetyPhotos@SafetySmart.com and we might feature them in a future Spot the Safety Violation. The photographs should be high resolution and clearly show some kind of hazard or someone doing something in an unsafe manner. Look through the archive and you’ll get the idea.
Don’t worry—if we use your photo, we won’t identify who sent it to us or where it was taken. We’re not trying to get anyone in trouble. We’re trying to make it easier for you to get important safety points across to your staff.
And remember that safety hazards and risky behaviour don’t just happen in our own workplaces—they occur all around us. So if you’re, say, walking past a construction site and see workers without hardhats, snap a picture! For example, I took this picture on my phone while walking my dog around my neighbourhood:
So email your best safety pictures to SafetyPhotos@SafetySmart.com. And we thank you in advance for your help.