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Ten tips for writing in plain English – for the construction industry

All workers on a construction site need to understand safety information. Risks of an incident rise can if people struggle to read safety documentation.

Plain English means writing so that all users can understand the first time they read it.

Following these ten tips can help you to write clearly and effectively.

We support Safety Construction Week 2019.

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How safe is a construction site if you can’t read English?

All construction workers need to understand safety information – but some workers might struggle.

50% of foreign workers on sites in Ireland have never studied English – and poor English can put them at higher risk.

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure all workers understand information. Writing in plain English is one way to help.

We are supporting Construction Safety Week, October 2019

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Plain English is coming soon

Have you ever wished it was easy to understand a tax form or social welfare rules? Well, you may soon get your wish.

All government departments will have to write to the public in plain English (or Irish) after the Plain Language Bill 2019 is passed.

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What is a style guide?

When you’re writing for work, it’s vital that your style is polished, correct and clear. It’s also important that an organisation’s communications style is consistent – and that’s where a style guide can help.

An off-the-shelf style guide can be useful – but a customised one for your organisation is much more effective. Our ‘Build your own style guide’ will help you develop your own personalised communications style.

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