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Just Say No to Safety Slogans

October 24, 2017
Risk Management

A slogan in the marketing world is typically a short, catchy phrase that tries to convey the benefits potential customers can expect when choosing a company’s product or service. Ideally, the slogan helps customers remember a company’s product or service when they have a need to buy.

Just do it (Nike), Zoom Zoom (Mazda), and I’m loving it (McDonald's), are just a few examples of slogans that have led to very successful marketing campaigns. Given that a clever slogan can significantly increase sales of a company’s wares, one might jump to the conclusion that the utilization of safety slogans actually improves safety performance. But… have we uncovered any credible data that links safety slogans to a reduction in incidents? Hmmm.

Relatively speaking, safety slogans are easy to come by, and they make managers feel good. Some companies fall into the trap of thinking that if they come up with a clever safety slogan and plaster the slogan everywhere, that employees will believe management is concerned about their safety and safety performance will improve.

The fact is that many employees, when asked to recite their company’s safety slogan from memory, cannot do so. Those who can recite the slogan often have something negative to say about the slogan, the company or both.

If your organization’s leadership team truly wants to communicate their dedication to safety, our suggestion is that leadership lead by example, exhibiting the type of behavior they expect from their employees.

Start every meeting with a short safety briefing. Invest in training, so employees know how to complete their tasks safely. Reward safe behavior and employ the company’s disciplinary program when unsafe behaviors are observed.

Achieving safety, the result of having successfully managed risk, is not easy. It takes hard work and commitment at every level of the organization. Employees see right through the propaganda of safety slogans - but will respect leadership by example.

So, while safety slogans alone may not improve safety performance, coupling them with leadership by example may just give you the winning safety combination you need.

While you go get leadership's buy-in, we have compiled an alphabetized list of over 500 safety slogans for your reading enjoyment. View and download the complete list here: The Ultimate List of 500+ Categorized Safety Slogans.

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