Catchy Safety Slogans to Use at Work
If you’re in charge of writing the next safety message or choosing a safety slogan for your company’s safety initiative, you know you have a challenge ahead of you. After all, most security slogans quickly become invisible and ineffective.
Only create a safety message that is part of a workplace safety campaign where people receive training to change their behavior. Otherwise. Putting a poster on the wall with a new slogan is just as helpful as putting a “Baby on Board” sticker on your car. No one will pay much attention (or really care!).
To make sure your security message is sticky, here are five important tips:
1. Use positive language – Avoid creating a slogan that focuses on the behavior you don’t want. Instead, write a security message that explains what you want people to do. For example, a negative slogan for height protection is “don’t fall for it”. Using more positive language, a more appropriate version is “a harness is better than a hearse”. Although it may have negative connotations, it still focuses on what the person wants to do rather than wrong behavior.
2. Keep it short (and tweet) – In this age of Twitter, being able to write 140 characters or less helps you get your message across. The same goes for writing a safety message, just try and encapsulate it in 12 words or less.(Catchy Safety Slogans to Use at Work)
3. Avoid jargon – Make sure the sentence flows easily. Avoid acronyms and words that not everyone will understand (use the test: Will my mom get it?).
4. Have a surprise – Common sense is the enemy of sticky security messages. When our brain’s guessing machine fails, it wants to work out why it was unable to guess. This wonder draws our attention so that we can prepare for the future. By trying to figure out what went wrong, our brains are more likely to remember information.
Here’s a good example (a personal preference): cuddle your kids at home, but belt them in the car.
Slogans containing the obvious will be ignored
Examples are: “play it safe” and “be aware, take care”. Ian!
5. Play on words – A clever play on words helps make your safety message a little more memorable. It can include rhymes and repeated words in a different order. Adding a little fun can make a serious topic more approachable.
It is better to lose a minute of life than to lose a minute of life.
Know safety, no injury. No safety, know injury
Lifting is a breeze when you bend at the knees
Once you’ve developed the safety slogan and trained people on the new behaviors required, remind employees of the safety message regularly at toolbox meetings and email newsletters, etc. The more people see it, the more it will be remembered.
Here are some other catchy slogans that are memorable:
While on the ladder, never hesitate to praise your work
10 fingers, 10 toes 2 eyes 1 nose… number of safety
Knocked out… accident
Shortcuts shorten life
Keep safety in mind. It will save your back.
A spill, a slip, a trip to the hospital
Safety Glasses: Everyone Says “Eyes!”
If you mess up, ‘face up
Behind the wheel, rage is one letter away from danger.
Opportunists are accident makers
Housekeeping you avoid may cause a fall or slip.
It’s easier to ask a stupid question than correct a stupid mistake
Make it your mission, don’t live in insecurity.
Safety comes in a can, I can, you can, we can be safe.
Security fits like a glove; Please try one.
Security is a full-time job – don’t make it a part-time practice
Safety rules are your best tool.
Think smart before you start.