It’s bright. It’s bold. And it’s mandatory.
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour recently launched a new workplace safety poster – with a difference.
“Poster campaigns aren’t new, but making this one mandatory is new,” says George Gritziotis, Ontario’s new Chief Prevention Officer.
Starting on October 1, this safety poster headlined “Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here” must be a fixture in “conspicuous locations” in every workplace in the province.
Workplace Safety Must Become Habitual
It’s the first step in a wide-ranging and ambitious plan to make safety on the job as habitual as putting on your safety belt when you get into your car.
Eventually, standardized safety awareness and training programs will be compulsory for every workplace sector, but for now, there is this poster.
Here’s how this program works.
This new mandatory poster is a call-to-action to put occupational health safety at the forefront of everyone’s minds – employers, supervisors, employees – in every Ontario workplace, large and small. It’s the first step in creating a new workplace safety culture, especially for new workers and young workers.
Everyone Can Participate In Creating Safer Workplaces
Since this poster first went online on June 1, more than 20,000 have been downloaded for free in 17 languages at the Ministry of Labour’s website.
“We’re not reinventing the wheel, here. We’re just establishing standards for the workplace, the rights and responsibilities of employers, supervisors and employees,” Gritziolis says.
This new poster clearly outlines all workers rights plus employers and supervisors responsibilities. It encourages everyone to participate in creating a safety culture at work.
Posters are traditionally trusted tools for communicating safety messages, but they only help if they’re visible and accessible.
Are you worried this new poster might fade into the woodwork over time?
Keep This Vital Safety Message Fresh and New
You might try moving your posters around, so they’re always in surprising locations.
What have you tried to ensure that safety stays uppermost in your workers’ minds? We’d love to know.
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