25 Shocking Safety Posters That'll Make You Squirm And Laugh

25 Shocking Safety Posters That'll Make You Squirm And Laugh

The world's a scary place. Certainly, if these posters from the British Safety Council are anything to go by. Founded in 1957 — and still based at the same Hammersmith address that appears at the foot of these vintage posters — the BSC's job has always been to warn UK citizens of the dangers that may lie around the corner.

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This spread of posters from the 1970s-90s showcases some of the brash — occasionally egregious — campaigns launched by the BSC. Stark headlines and images of sliced-off digits were obviously popular for a while. Comedians have often been roped in, to put messages across too: Charlie Chaplin. Smith and Jones. Margaret Thatcher.

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The BSC's latest campaign is to get designers, students and workers to create innovative posters on the topic of wellbeing. Winning entries will receive cash prizes (up to £500) and be exhibited at the TUC's Congress House on 14 November 2018. Want to get involved? Check out the details here.

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Last Updated 10 September 2018