A recent American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Council on Practices and
Standards (CoPS) survey of its Practice Specialty members found that
multi-language work sites play a major role in developing and implementing
effective workplace safety and health programs. To address this issue, CoPS
developed a white paper and a set of recommendations titled "The Impact of
Multi-Language Worksites on Safety, Health and Environmental (SH&E)
In fact, multiple languages can significantly impact a worksite when
communicating safety and health information to workers.
Key findings and recommendations in the paper include:
- Professionals must be more proactive in addressing issues at multi-language
- Cultural differences play a crucial role within multi-language worksites, as
translation may not always be effective if cultural differences are not
- The translation of materials for workers must take regional dialects into
consideration to avoid miscommunication.
- Multi-language worksites are a growing, complex challenge for the profession.
- OHS professionals should plan for multi-language worksites to prepare for
- OHS professionals in other countries are encouraged to learn several
languages as a way to obtain and maintain a competitive advantage in today's
- Worker literacy must be improved. Translating documents is not efficient or
effective if those using the material are not literate in their own language.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work