Keeping workers safe on the job starts with education and understanding. Safety and technical training is not effective if workers cannot understand the information and don’t feel safe asking questions. If you have employees on your team that speak Spanish, or Spanish is their native language, it will be important to provide them with safety training and educational materials in Spanish.
Explore our Spanish Q&A section and read through our advice for employers on how you can best offer a safe workplace for everyone on your team. Some of the topics of discussion we will go over include:
- Available Spanish resources: Learn about the Spanish resources OSHA offers and what materials you may want to translate into Spanish. Having workers fully understand the hazards present in the facility and how to safely do their job, will not only keep them from becoming injured, but also helps them to feel more confident in the workplace.
- The importance of communication: OSHA has issued a memorandum that states employers must provide training and instruction that is understandable by the employee. This helps keep everyone safe and informed.
- Overcoming language barriers: Offering options for training in a language that employees can clearly understand is only one of the ways an employer can break a language barrier. There are also options such as hiring people who speak both their native language and English to be able to translate for others. Or even offering signage in another language.
Here at Creative Safety Supply, we offer a number of bilingual signs and the option to customize any sign you need into Spanish or other languages! There are also a number of our guides that have been translated into Spanish, so you can share them around your workplace and to your employees.