Language Learning for Safety

Language learning is an essential investment to help prevent accidents and improve safety in the workplace. Discover what makes Babbel for Business’s solution ideal for multilingual teams looking to improve workplace safety and create a more inclusive environment.

1 in 4

job-related accidents cite language barriers as a contributing factor

340 million

occupational accidents occur worldwide annually

$167 billion

The total cost of workplace injury and ill health in the US in 2021

Why is language learning essential for safety in the workplace?

Misunderstandings can come at a high cost. For businesses, these costs aren’t just numbers—they’re real consequences. Find out how language learning can prevent accidents from happening and ensure your entire workforce is safe.

Why invest in business language training?

Improve workplace safety

Clear written and verbal communication is essential for a safe and operational work environment

Save money

Language learning can help you potentially save thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation and hazard pay

Streamline onsite communication

Employees can better speak up for themselves and communicate immediately when a need arises

Increase efficiency and productivity

Corporate language learning helps to streamline projects, reduce errors, and improve overall productivity

Ensuring Workplace Safety Through Language Skills

While it’s not dangerous to know only one language in everyday life in the US, there can be more serious consequences for language barriers in the workplace. They can be harmful, and even worse, fatal. Workplace accidents not only endanger the lives of employees but also result in significant financial losses for businesses. Addressing language proficiency in the workplace is therefore crucial for ensuring safety and productivity.

In this eBook, we will explore the intersection of language learning and workplace safety, providing practical strategies and best practices for the implementation of language learning programs. Check it out now!

Check out our safety blog posts

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We explore the impact of language barriers on workplace safety and share practical steps you can take to address language barriers at work.

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We discuss how multilingual safety training can improve workplace communication and decrease work accidents.

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Language skills have a profound impact on effective emergency communication. We share how organizations can overcome language barriers to ensure a safe and responsive workplace for all employees.

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Our blended learning solutions

Virtual classes

Join a virtual class with a certified tutor at a time that best suits your schedule. Combined with the Babbel app, this blended learning approach helps learners build confidence through real-life conversations and can fast track language learning.

The Babbel app

Access 13,000 hours’ worth of tailored learning content on the go with our award-winning Babbel app. Our self-study solution offers bite-sized courses in 14 different languages, as well as games, podcasts and business-based content for specific industries.


Why is workplace safety important?

A safe and operational work environment requires clear written and verbal communication, especially when team members speak different languages. When there are language barriers, it’s challenging for workers to understand or relay information about unsafe job-site conditions.

Language barriers can complicate the communication of safety information, which could increase the risk of injury. When a non-English speaking worker doesn’t understand the safety training material or cannot effectively communicate with team members, it can lead to higher safety incidents or even fatalities on the job. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021.

Why is effective communication essential on the job?

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