The Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute has been organising the occupational safety poster competition since 1997. The purpose of the competition is to obtain posters promoting the issues of occupational safety and health protection of man in the working environment.

The competition is organised in cooperation with Academies of Fine Arts (Cracow, Warsaw, Lodz) and under the patronage of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy and Chief Labour Inspector...

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Competition 2022

Occupational Safety Poster Competition - the 31th edition (2022): Communication

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American writer and pilot, used to say. Professor Jerzy Bralczyk, a distinguished linguist, claims in turn that language not only describes reality, but also creates it. That is why COMMUNICATION has been chosen as a topic of this year’s occupational safety poster competition.

But what is communication in the workplace? It is not only, as one definition says, “the exchange of information in direct or indirect contact with another person”. It is also one of the key elements of a company’s occupational safety management. Communicating properly and effectively with employees, both directly and through electronic tools, about work-related risks increases their knowledge of workplace safety, which in turn affects their ability to make the right decisions in the workplace and perform their work safely. Effective communication between superiors and subordinates, as well as between employees, is of paramount importance for good relations and for shaping a safe and friendly working environment..

How we communicate affects workplace relations, which are part of the work safety culture. Safety culture, in turn, translates into workers’ attitudes towards compliance with workplace safety rules. How much needs to change here is shown by Statistics Poland data indicating that, for many years, inappropriate employee conduct has consistently been the most common cause of accidents at work. To what extent is this a consequence of not understanding the instructions given? How often are conflicts at work the result of a failure to understand each other? It therefore seems necessary to draw workers’ attention to the role of correct and positive communication in building healthy, safe and friendly workplaces.

We warmly invite all artists to tell a graphic story about COMMUNICATION.

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