CREOD and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services are jointly launching research-based skin health prevention posters for use in workplaces. The posters can be used as-is or may be customized using a simple online tool developed by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. These products are freely available and accessible to all companies across the province and Canada.
How it works: Click the above link. There you will find several templates and an image library that can be used for building your poster. Place the images into the poster template and download a printable PDF. The posters are sized using standard page sizes so you can print right from your own computer. The photo library will continue to grow over the coming months.
The posters and customization tool were developed as part of a research project to find out what messages and images would be most effective for promoting skin health at work.
What they’re for: Display in the workplace. Users are workplaces, front-line health and safety system professionals and anyone else who wants to promote skin health at work.
How to use the posters effectively: Our research suggests that awareness posters are most likely to be noticed in washrooms and lunchrooms. Rotate the posters regularly, to prevent the messages from becoming “stale.”
These posters are research based and pilot tested: These posters and tool were developed in close collaboration with Workplace Safety Prevention Services, as part of a research project to find out what messages and images would be most effective for promoting skin health at work.
For the project, the research team interviewed over 30 front-line workers, 60 workers with skin disease and WSPS Advisory Committee members and asked them to provide feedback regarding different posters and whether they were effective in raising awareness and promoting healthy skin practices. The results showed that negative messaging, that is, posters that depicted the negative outcomes of occupational skin disease, was most effective for capturing workers’ attention. Workers also responded best to messaging that was customized and relevant to their specific workplace and industry.
Based on this feedback, the research team created a suite of seven occupational skin disease awareness posters with the kind of messaging requested by workers, and then customized them to various industries. Each poster in the series promotes an occupational health and safety prevention practice. To date in addition to the generic posters we have customized series for hairdressing, vehicle sales and service, and food services.