Work Wisely Program Helps Build a Positive Safety Culture

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Program Assists Members in Reducing Workplace Injuries, Illnesses

One employee explains to another the danger of leaving twisted power cords in walkways.

The MCIT-created Work Wisely program helps members foster a positive culture of safety. When all people of an organization embrace and value safety, the frequency and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses decrease.

The Work Wisely program helps members build and support a positive safety culture:

  • Encourage each employee to become a safety advocate.
  • Boost the safety mindset of employees.
  • Improve safety behaviors.

Work Wisely is a growing initiative that encourages general safety behaviors that apply to all types of work and highlights specific hazards and their solutions.  

Cover image for "Safety Culture" publication showing a safety committee meeting with middle-aged man in foreground and various safety publications at the table while others talk in the backgroundHandbook & Campaign Help Build Culture of Safety

Positive Safety Culture Benefits Employers and Employees

A thriving positive safety culture can:

  • Reduce employee work-related injuries and illness.
  • Improve productivity.
  • Raise employee morale.
  • Lower operational costs.
  • Boost organization’s reputation.
  • Reduce employee absenteeism.

Watch webinar “Benefits and Tips for Creating a Positive Safety Culture” …

Expand the sections below to access safety culture materials.

Safety Culture Guide: How-to guide for building a positive safety culture

Cover image for "Safety Culture" publication showing a safety committee meeting with middle-aged man in foreground and various safety publications at the table while others talk in the background

“Safety Culture: Techniques for Building Positive Organizational Change” is a guide for how to construct and improve a positive safety culture.

Handbook includes pre-assessment questionnaire, references to additional resources and practical tools any safety committee or supervisor can use to keep safety at front of mind.

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Work Wisely Label: Subtle, daily reminder to follow safety practices

Yellow field with text "Always Work Wisely" and icon of person working in diamond caution signPlace the label in spots where you want to remind employees quickly about keeping safety in mind. It can be added to ID badges, payroll envelopes, employee memos, policy and procedures, etc. A PDF of 60 labels per page can be printed to a standard Avery label sheet, and the single jpeg image can be added to electronic communications.

Get Wise to Safety Villians Campaign Materials

A variety of materials are available to help members build awareness among their employees about general safety concepts and to improve their safety mindset. The Get Wise to Safety campaign targets five behaviors that often lead to workplace injuries: haste, shortcuts, complacency, keeping quiet and indifference. Campaign materials include posters, mini fliers, table tents, e-mails/lock screen images, training scripts and more!

Get Wise to Safety Villians Video

Get Wise to the Safety Posters, Table Tents, Images, More

Get Wise to Haste

Get Wise to Shortcuts

Get Wise to Complacency

Get Wise to Keeping Quiet

 

Get Wise to Indifference
(Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility)

Get Wise to Indifference
(Protect Your Co-workers)

Request Printed Materials: Complete the Work Wisely Order Form and return it to info@mcit.org to have select printed materials mailed to you at no cost.

 

Type Like a T-rex: Avoid Discomfort from Computer Work

Employees who frequently use a computer for their work may experience muscle strain as a result of bad posture. To relieve discomfort, individuals just need to type like a T-rex! The MCIT-developed Type Like a T-rex program helps members’ employees position themselves correctly while using a computer.

Consider introducing the program during a staff meeting, playing the short video and distributing the employee popup handout. Follow up with e-mails and postings to the intranet and hanging posters around the office. Acquire materials below at no cost.

Type Like a T-rex Program Materials: Video, Poster, Handout, Images

Video

Use the video to introduce staff to ergonomic best practices to prevent or alleviate discomfort from keyboarding. Consider viewing during a staff meeting, use during employee onboarding or e-mail a link to staff. 

MCIT members can embed the video on their intranets. Learn more about how to share the video with employees …

Poster shows proper keyboarding ergonomics: T-rex sits at computer using a keyboard with arms parallel to the floor, no reaching and wrists straight

Wall Poster

Place posters near workstations and high-traffic areas around the office, such as next to coffee pots, water stations and refrigerators.

Type Like a T-rex popup table tent sits on desk next to computer keyboard

Popup Table Tent/Handout

This handout can be made into a popup table tent. Great for an eye-catching reminder at employees’ desks, or it can be left flat and tacked up on an employee’s bulletin board.

  • Contact MCIT to request the printed, popup handout to be mailed to you. Specify the item and include your name, delivery address and quantity in the request.
  • Download Type Like a T-rex Handout PDF (3 per page): These are not set up to be popup table tents, but they can be printed by members and distributed to employees as a flat handout

Proper keyboarding ergonomics illustrated by a T-rex: no reaching, arms parallel to floor and wrists straight

Jpeg Image: Get Creative with How You Use It

Jpeg files can be used anywhere you can insert an image, such as on the employee intranet, send in an e-mail, place in the employee newsletter, use as a computer lockscreen message. 

Your Guide: A Comfortable Workstation ergonomic guide

 Workstation Ergonomics Pamphlet

This pamphlet offers guidance on setting up a computer workstation to be ergonomically sound and comfortable. It covers details about an employee’s posture and chair and work space set up. 

More Resources to Help Employees Work Wisely

Quick Take on Safety: Speaking Up for Safety image of first page of training script

Quick Takes on Safety: Training Scripts and Handouts: The Quick Take training sessions require about five minutes to review with staff. They are ideal for the beginning of staff meetings. Each has a corresponding employee handout.Browse Topics and Download Materials …

More Ready-to-send Safety E-mails: Safety committees can get a great deal of mileage out of  ready-to-go safety e-mails. Send a new e-mail to employees regularly (e.g., once a week) to help create safety awareness and a positive safety culture among employees. View and Download Safety E-mails …

Safety Recognition Sample Certificate: This fillable PDF certificate can be used as part of a member’s safety recognition program.  Download Safety Recognition Certificate PDF …

Sample Near Miss Report: This sample form can modified to fit a member’s needs and is for employees to report near miss incidents:

Employee Accident/Incident Investigation Report: This form records information learned while investigating an incident involving an employee that results in injury or illness: