What makes safety cartoons so efficient?

safety cartoons of a tennis club, highlighting various health and safety hazards, trip hazards with wonky paving slabs and worn out tennis court artificial grass, fencing has holes in it, hose pipe is a trip hazard, coach smoking, guy on mobile phone, kids running around unsupervised

Well, first of all, safety cartoons take less time and less effort to comprehend than written messages. No matter the age, the education, and the language a person is using, everybody can understand a health and safety cartoon. It’s a way of communicating without words.

Many employers are becoming aware of this and are starting to add cartoons to their messages to illustrate their point and to draw more attention. This is a strategy that’s already widely used by the government and it’s a smart decision as it helps all social groups, as well as immigrants and illiterate people, understand the safety warnings. Safety cartoons can be used together with the written message or without it, but the point is, a cartoon is understood in seconds and most people will probably disregard the written notice. The cartoons are also used to underline a point and they’re being used more and more, especially in school textbooks.

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