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Overcoming Language Barriers for a Safer Workplace


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8/8/24 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm CDT

Event Description

Did you know that, according to OSHA estimates, language barriers are cited as a contributing factor in 25% of workplace incidents? These incidents not only endanger the lives of employees but also result in significant financial losses for businesses. As the U.S. workforce evolves, language skills are becoming an essential training need for businesses across many industries. During this webinar, we’ll explore how the U.S. workforce is evolving and the intersection of language learning and workplace safety, providing practical strategies and best practices for better collaboration and communication between multilingual teams. Together, we’ll create a safer and more inclusive work environment.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The changing demographics in the United States
  • How communication impacts both psychological and physical safety
  • How to prevent incidents before they happen with language training
  • How language learning prepares a workforce for a multilingual future

The ability to communicate effectively with team members in all situations, and in multiple languages, has become a highly valuable skill. Businesses that encourage and promote multilingual communication are set up for long-term success and growth.


Lauren Sterwerf Lauren Sterwerf, Head of Customer Success, Americas, Babbel for Business

Lauren is passionate about workplace safety and building deep relationships with customers, understanding their needs, desired outcomes and engaging them with the products with which they partner. For more 12 years, she’s been leading teams and working with clients to ensure successful software adoption and return on investment, specifically within the industries of education, learning and training. Lauren believes in working for companies that are truly making a difference, which has led her to her role at Babbel, where she ensures that all employees can communicate with each other and receive the same growth opportunities as their peers.


Kevin DruleyKevin Druley, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine

Kevin is associate editor of Safety+Health and serves as co-host of the magazine’s “On the Safe Side” podcast.