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July 30, 2015

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Throwback Thursday: safety training and humour

In May 2007, Michael Millward wrote an article for SHP about the importance of humour in safety training. He argued it was a key part of the training process, in order to engage those listening in the importance of safety. Too often, he said, “The traditional emphasis in safety training was very much on instilling fear of the consequences of breaking the rules, rather than engaging with employees and raising an awareness of the potential risks employees face.”

Safety training had changed, but there was still a way to go to change people’s behaviour so it wasn’t simply about compliance. Millward suggested humour was a good way to bridge this gap, arguing it helps people connect and build a rapport. It can also help them be more receptive to your ideas.






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