NSC 2017: Are You “Seeing” Safety Challenges?



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visual literacy for safety

The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council is introducing new research to explain how “learning to see” can help improve workplace safety.

We’ve all heard the adage: “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” “Visual literacy” is a concept well-known to artists and art historians, who are trained to view works of art deeply and critically. They learn to interpret information presented to them in the form of an image, much like the traditional concept of literacy involves using words to interpret information.

The Campbell Institute – the National Safety Council center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management – released a new report at the National Safety Congress in Indianapolis titled, “Visual Literacy: How ‘Learning to See’ Benefits Occupational Safety.” In partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), the report is part of a multi-year research project to study the effects of visual literacy training on increasing hazard awareness and recognition in the workplace.

TMA has been a strong proponent of visual literacy. On the TMA web site, the museum notes, “…We need to learn to identify, read and understand images

– to become literate in visual language – in order to communicate successfully in our increasingly image-saturated culture.”

“At TMA, we believe visual literacy provides an essential skillset for navigating…