Dear friends,
Do you consider safety posters and the like publicity materials has any impact on accident prevention? If it has any; what is the percentage of its effectiveness in accident prevention?


Kesava Pillai

From India, Kollam
Yes offcourese, it helps in preventing the accidents as atleast person is aware of how one could get injured and still if person doing wrong then doing intentionally and no one can stop one doing so....
Moreover , if employers put saftey postures so they are also covered as statutory criterias as they are providing full instructions and guidelines how to use the machines.
Actually it affects ...

From Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Dear Sir

As per my view, the answer is YES. Percentage not sure. However expecting to be more than 15%.

Yes because of following reasons:

1. By placing posters at vantage locations employees always have an eye contact with them. By this refreshing things that they learned throug training or just makes them remembering about the Site Safety Norms.

2. Have to check the effectiveness of the visuals displayed. Whether anybody glancing through it or not. What we have did is includes this in Safety Quizes for workers and took box talks. Ask them to say two safety slogans displayed at Site and those who saying giving token prices.

3. Visuals can create a positive image on the visitors or anyone who first time coming to plant. First Impression is the best impression. Hence all new comers start following the existing system.

4. Mandatory use of PPE's, Safe Work Procedures all can visually display at site. This place a vital role. Anyone who violating just don't need to spend more time on make him understand whats our site need. Only need to point out towards the visuals.

Nothing more coming to mind now. Hope to get more views from yourside.


Dipil Kumar V

From India
Safety posters do help a lot in preventing the accidents. It is difficult to quantify, as the benefits are not tangible.
They certainly go a longway in creating the safety awareness in the employees, which will definitely help in the long run, by improving the safety culture. Same thing can be said of safety education & training, safety competition and awards etc.
There are instances where an organization that won the `safety award` in one year, finished last the next year!
Safety professionals have to put in their best in all spheres of activities to reap the benefits and sustain them over a period of time, to bring in a good safety culture.

From India, Madras
Safety Posters would certainly create some awareness and there will be some present reduction in accident rate during that period. However it is temporary for some period. Even when the posters are there and Plant Managers and Supervisors think only the quantity / quality only and not concerned with the safety of the worker / machine the entire money spent is waste. Basically the behavior pattern of all employees from top to bottom should change.

Besides posters and other threat / punitive methods the worker is concerned of his wage. At the beginning and at the end of the shift every body is concerned / talk about the numbers, the worker always tend to do “At Risk” behaviors during the shift, and in that process meets with an accident. If suppose the plant manager is not concerned about a machine guard, certainly the supervisors also will not bother about, and the worker is confused and worried / attracted on the incentive in vogue, and would look at the number at the end of the shift by some how?, In that process he would be forced to work in an atmosphere of “At Risk”

I am giving an example of my experience. In one unit a maintenance / safety procedure was well defined based on the corporate / unit at US. The policy was to take a “line clear” before maintenance / tool change. The operator has to fill up a form and has to take a signature of the maintenance in charge, from the Safety Manager and finally from Plant Manager. The implementation part of it as far the operator is concerned not to record any thing and to keep silent, rather searching for above all Managers who would be busy in the shift beginning”. No line clear record. Though the procedure is very good which is followed internationally, it had it implication in implementation basically on the work culture followed. I strongly believe that any negative behavior of workmen in side the shop floor ( except few instances where personal factor is involved) are basically due to failure / improper system and procedures of the management.

An Electrical worker approach the stores / superior for a change of face shield / goggles, and if the reply is ‘no stock / issued one week before / or straight away a reply “go and work, this is enough’ the worker can not be blamed for working on a grinder without a face shield / goggles, I would rather say the system and procedure is wrong, and the Management is responsible for the worker doing a job “At Risk”

Basically behavior level approach is the best method for safe behavior at work.

Babu Alexander


From India, Madras

Dear Kesava Pillai Sir
Can you please let us know your comments on the topci?
Whether the visual disply really helps in accident prevention? If so for making it much effective what we should suggest to management to get the desired outcome from this efforts?
As on today our management giving lot of threst on this front and even given contract to visual management consultancy...
Looking forward to get your advice on the topic...
Also requesting you to participate actively like earlier in our forum and help in learning many many new things... Hope you will consider my request...
Thanks in advance...

From India

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