NSC's Campbell Institute Report Addresses Visual Literacy

It is an introductory paper developed in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art and part of a research project to study the effects of visual literacy training on increasing hazard awareness and recognition in the workplace.

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new report from the NSC's Campbell Institute has been released Sept. 26 during the 2017 National Safety Congress & Expo. Titled "Visual Literacy: How 'Learning to See' Benefits Occupational Safety," it is an introductory paper developed in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art and part of a research project to study the effects of visual literacy training on increasing hazard awareness and recognition in the workplace.

"Our world is becoming increasing visual, but when we look at something, how much are we really seeing?" asked John Dony, director of the Campbell Institute and director of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at the National Safety Council. "Just like learning to read, it is beneficial to train our minds to better 'see' the world so we are able to overcome our visual biases. The more hazards we can proactively identify, the safer we'll be."

According to NSC, this specific approach to this type of research is unprecedented. The museum and the institute are encouraging safety professionals to view their workplaces as one would view a work of art: deeply, critically, and completely. This will help them spot potential hazards and anticipate what harm could result from those hazards, they say.

The institute enlisted participation from four of its members for the research series: AES, Cummins, Owens Corning, and USG. Directors of the museum will design and deliver visual literacy training for each of the organizations.

For more information about Campbell Institute research, visit thecampbellinstitute.org/research.

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