Improving Safety Efforts – Learning to See With Purpose

Most functioning organizations know that to operate efficiently and effectively, workers must have proper training and a full understanding of roles and responsibilities. To ensure this, we train workers on routine tasks, operating procedures and on established safety protocols. With so much effort made to ensure workers are properly trained, how is it that we don’t think to train them HOW to see?   After all, almost every aspect of their work requires this core skill!

Assuming you are able-bodied, seeing is just something you do automatically. But what about seeing with a purpose? Being able to see your environment with a set of tools that helps you see fully, completely and accurately. And, to then be able to analyze and communicate clearly that visual data you have absorbed. How important could that be for identifying potential hazards, communicating risk or investigating incidents?

Visual Literacy training offers a methodology to teach you how to see in a systematic way, allowing you to see more of what is around you, to spot hazards that otherwise could have gone unnoticed.

Attend one of our upcoming workshops where you will learn a framework that teaches you how to see with purpose.

Doug Pontsler

Doug is Chairman and Managing Director for COVE, the Center of Visual Expertise. Launched in 2018 by the Toledo Museum of Art, COVE is dedicated to the application of visual literacy for industrial and service applications with an emphasis on safety. In this leadership role he is responsible for all aspects of the enterprise including thought leadership, product development and client satisfaction. Prior to his current role, Doug was the former vice president of operations sustainability and EHS for Owens Corning. He joined Owens Corning in 2002 and held leadership positions including director of corporate services and vice president of global sourcing. Doug also served as a member of the National Safety Council Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council. He is a recipient of NSC’s 2019 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. Follow Doug on LinkedIn


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