How to Make Sure You're Health and Safety Communication is Spot On
The lifeblood of any successful organization originates with its people.
Making sure everyone in your organization understands health and safety often times requires language translation services.
And for something as vital as worker health and safety, it’s important to know the translated communication is exactly right. That’s why we recommend making sure the translation service provider you choose adheres to these three principles:
1. Health and safety documents should be translated by health and safety professionals.
Subject matter experts are a must when it comes to health and safety communication. Health and safety experts, especially those with continuing education goals (such as Certified Safety Professionals [CSPs], Certified Industrial Hygienists [CIHs] and Certified Hazardous Materials Managers [CHMMs]), are knowledgeable on the latest health and safety industry best practices, regulations, and consensus standards.
2. The final isn’t final until it’s cross-checked and quality controlled.
Inquire about your translation service’s quality control processes, which we recommend includes a technical, managerial and editorial (grammar and syntax) review, to help ensure that your deliverable is tailored to your specific needs, well written and free from errors.
3. Technical precision must be matched with client-specific communication nuances.
It’s important that your translation service spend some time getting to know your company, your industry, and the communication style of your corporate or local offices. This will help ensure that the tone and style of the Spanish translation matches your company’s unique tone and style. Especially if translation services are requested by “English speaking” parent companies to accommodate Spanish-speaking employees or facilities in Spanish-speaking countries, your translation service will need to find the right balance between local, colloquial language and the overarching language style of the corporate company.
Need help with translating health and safety communication to your people? Give us a call. From simple reports and employee notification letters to complete training presentations and in-person delivery of training, we’re here to help.