Many online safety professionals get the occasional email asking whether there is a repository of safety photos that can be used in support of safety programs. The enquiries come from all over the world and the easy answer is there isn’t one.
There are many reasons for this. One is that almost all of the photos taken by OHS regulators are produced for legal purposes and have legal restrictions. Similarly photos taken of incident sites by companies are usually for evidence.
The best safety photos are those photos that are not taken for safety purposes but standard work photos that show safe work practices. Yet few companies take photos of their workplaces purely to record how work is undertaken.
The Agency also has a gallery of the top 100 images received for the competition which are recommended for viewing.
The reuse of images are subject to legal restrictions so please check with EU-OSHA.
In SafetyAtWorkBlog’s experience, safety professionals should have a camera with them during inspections or walkrounds, not to catch out workers doing the wrong thing but as a record of how the workplace operates. Just as audits can provide snapshots of processes so images are snapshots of the “way things are done”.