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Jackanory safety stories

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I’ve just been bombarded with yet another load of safety “stuff” in a big PowerPoint presentation from BP which I got about a third of the way in and then pressed fast forward (sorry BP). I kind of go blind to walls of text and piles of statistics with their various acronyms that you have to try and figure out before you can even try and make sense of what you’re looking at.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only people who understand all of that are the people who write it, and spend a lot of time preaching to people who just want to let out a great big yawn.

The problem is that this way of trying to get a message across to improve the safety culture in the workplace doesn’t work.

I was never a quick reader so I’ve never read many books. I used to like watching “Jackanory” on the BBC when I was younger - and this made me think that perhaps “story-telling” is a much better way to get people to work and play safe, and then I found this, which reaffirms this belief by saying that “narrative storytelling can be an effective way to impart useful safety and health information to employees without insulting them or putting them to sleep.”

Preaching or Teaching: The Use of Narrative in Safety Training

image I think it’d be great if there was a “Jackanory” series of safety stories. One of the illustrators on Jackanory was a man called Quentin Blake (actually “Sir Quentin Saxby Blake”) who also produced an illustrated guide to electrical safety, which I’ve been trying to get a copy of.

Zap! The Quentin Blake Guide to Electrical Safety (Eastern Electricity, 1998)

I think you can probably see that this idea has some merit, though I doubt it would ever become regular tea-time viewing for people when they come home from school work.

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