Neuroscience and research reveals that most - as much as 90% - of what you think you see is actually your brain filling in the blanks based on bias, memory and past experiences. But making assumptions and overlooking what’s right in front of you often leads to preventable mistakes.

Visual Literacy is a proven approach to processing visual information more efficiently, a method to see better: to identify, interpret and interact with your environment based on accurate visual information. It’s what you see, what it means and what you do.


Identify what’s important.

Our world is fast paced and saturated with visual information, so efficiently and accurately processing what you see is especially critical. Visual literacy teaches you to slow down, look deeply and see things you may have missed — critical for identifying hazards and preventing costly mistakes.

Interpret what you see.

See with your brain, not just your eyes. Visual literacy improves your ability to make sense of large amounts of visual information in order to quickly overcome incorrect assumptions. View the world as it is — not as it seems initially.

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Interact with your environment.

Seeing the Whole PICTURE® is essential to undertaking appropriate action in your environment. Visual literacy helps you contextualize and comprehend what you see, raising your awareness of hazards and how to resolve them.

Visual literacy is invaluable in the workplace.

Learning to process visual information effectively is more than just theoretical. Organizations looking to improve Environmental Health and Safety processes can adopt this approach to enhance hazard recognition, incident investigation and pre-job safety analysis; decrease incident rates, while saving time; and train their team to engage safely with the workplace environment.

COVE provides a highly adaptable and practical framework for enhancing best practices in health and safety operations. Implementation of this method promises far-reaching benefits for a wide range of organizations, including major manufacturing and petrochemical business in leading Fortune 500 companies.

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Watch as Fellow Safety Professionals Share Their Thoughts On How Visual Literacy Is Reshaping Safety Improvement Efforts

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Immerse Yourself in Visual Literacy Principles

Join us for a 2 Day Foundations of Visual Literacy workshop where you will learn tools and techniques for seeing more of the environment around you.

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Seeing the Gaps in Your Safety Program

As organizations struggle to make safety training interesting and as they find it hard to ‘keep things fresh’, Visual Literacy offers a vehicle by which safety officers can address a clear and important gap in their safety programs – and simultaneously renew and refresh existing programs.




A unique opportunity to meet others who have worked with COVE's Visual Literacy program, share experiences, and lessons learned


Learn More About Visual Literacy From COVE's Library of Resources

Register for Webinars or Review Past Topics Ranging from Hazard Identification to Safety Leadership
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See How Early Adopters are Leveraging Visual Literacy Principles in Their Existing EHS Programs

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Toledo Museum of Art: Proven practice delivering results!

COVE’s cutting-edge visual literacy curriculum is based on the Toledo Museum of Art’s effort to help people see the world. Since its inception, TMA has spearheaded the effort to increase visual comprehension and communication via the world’s great works of art. Now they’re putting theory into practice, working with major organizations to drive success at every level by implementing strategies for seeing better in the workplace.