In case of an emergency a quick visual communication that is easily understood by all workers in a noisy environment, is vital.
Knowing what to do in case of an emergency makes workers feel more confident, comfortable and safe. The employers gain better communication with the employees, and they get happier workers, who know what to do in an emergency. The workers then trust their employer more.
And as a result there will be a reduced risk of incidents and injuries.
Signed Safety at Work (SSaW) is creating a set of visual communication signs which can be used quickly in case of an emergency in noisy environments, particularly construction sites and factories.
An online glossary and course will include signs for around 200 essential Health and Safety (H&S) words and phrases to enable quick, effective communication without language or hearing barriers.
We expect that two target groups who will particularly benefit from improved workplace communication are D/deaf/hearing-impaired (D/deaf/HI) workers, and migrant workers.
The European Framework Directive 89/391 on Safety and Health at Work guarantees minimum safety and health requirements throughout Europe. According to the Health and Safety Executive, the manufacturing and construction industries have the highest rates of industrial deafness cases.
SSaW helps employers to ensure health and safety in the workplace and makes employees feel comfortable and safe in any environment, particularly if they are hearing impaired.
SSaW is a transnational European project with seven Partners from UK, Italy, Austria, Spain and Czech Republic.
Project number: 2018-1-UK01-KA202-048037
Duration: 30 months