In 2005, a series of safety posters based on The Simpson TV characters was released in support of the National Safety Council’s Orlando Congress, as reported in SafetyAtWork Bulletin at the time, picture right). The posters have finally reached Australia and will be unveiled at the Safety In Action exhibition on 2 April 2010. They are sure to be popular.
A small selection of Simpsons posters will be available through WorkSafety Solutions, the Australian distributor. Many more have been added through the original US distributor, SafetyWorld since the original launch.
I have used these posters occasionally in OHS talks to high school students as they are a good attention-getter and were not available in Australia before. However, I am unsure whether the presence of the Simpson is not a distraction from the safety message rather than an educator. Given that The Simpsons has considerable black humour and the poster of Homer electrocuting himself is funny. The debate about presentation and image is a perennial in the marketing world but one that should be considered by safety professionals before purchase.
On the issue of purchasing, the Australian Simpsons posters are selling at $A45 each. The Australian and US dollars are not far off parity so the fact that the US website is selling the same posters, and a bigger range, at $US17.95 each is an important consideration.
I wonder whether US workplaces have a high rate of theft of the posters given the high collectability of The Simpsons merchandise.