Industry Articles

A selection of papers and articles from our partner organizations and COVE thought leaders

A Deeper Look Into Visual Literacy

Ranging from the main concepts of Visual Literacy taught in art education to its relevancy in Occupational Health and Safety, these papers help frame the foundation of what COVE is all about.


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.

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Identifying Hazards In The Workplace:
A New Approach That Starts With Seeing

In this white paper we look at insights into why we sometimes miss the hazards that are staring us straight in the face and how using Visual Literacy principles can improve our ability to identify them before they lead to an incident.
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Re-Framing Incident Investigations
Using Visual Literacy

In this white paper we look at insights into why we sometimes miss the hazards that are staring us straight in the face and how using Visual Literacy principles can improve our ability to identify them before they lead to an incident.
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Leading Safety By Seeing Safety:
A Look at Safety Leadership Through New Eyes

Helping leaders understand how they impact safety performance is crucial. This white paper explore some of the ways in which Visual Literacy can help leaders be more effective in providing the framework and context for successful safety performance.
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Visual Literacy’s Contribution to
Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention

This paper not only provides a high-level overview of the key principles and approaches associated with Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention and the primary concepts associated with Visual Literacy (VL), but ‘connects the dots’ between the two making the case that the integration of VL into an organization’s SIF program can improve the program’s effectiveness and help prevent SIFs in real-time.
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The Campbell Institute at The National Safety Council, a partner with COVE and The Toledo Museum of Art, wrote a series of research papers focused on evaluating the effectiveness of visual literacy training on workplace health and safety outcomes. Below are the first two papers in this research series.

Visual Literacy: How "Learning to See" Benefits Occupational Safety

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This paper is a brief summary of what Visual Literacy is and how it can benefit occupational safety. Additionally, it includes an outline of a research project that involves the Campbell Institute, its members and partners, COVE, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

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A Second Look: Update on
Visual Literacy

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The second paper, provides background and preliminary research results of the Visual Literacy pilot project. It also addresses the question, does “learning to see” improve our ability to identify hazards in the workplace, keeping us safer while on the job?

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ISHN Featured Article

The Hazard Hunt Will Never Be the Same

Editor for ISHN, Dave Johnson, talks about the benefits of Visual Literacy in safety and how it's application extends beyond recognizing, prioritizing and fixing hazards. Visual Literacy teaches us skills that can help reduce errors, identify gaps in our safety program, improve observations such as used in behavior-based safety, increase employee engagement, and improve incident analyses.

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