Risk Management Safety Insight: Safety Communication Across Languages

Published on by

As the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States increases, the workforce will continue to see a rise in Spanish-speaking employees. Studies show that these workers are more likely to be killed in work-related accidents than their non-Spanish speaking colleagues―often due to training, safety and communication materials presented only in English. 

The growth of Hispanic/Latino workers in the workforce presents some unique challenges to U.S. employers. One of the biggest issues is how to communicate with many employees who speak very little or no English. Employers must be diligent in ensuring that these workers are thoroughly informed via the most effective means―including the conversion of English language materials into Spanish―for their safety and the safety of others.

This newsletter offers perspectives on how to close the communications gap.