Keeping employees engaged during safety training can be a challenge. Your employees might groan at the idea of sitting in a classroom reviewing PowerPoints and safety quiz materials. To beat the training day blues, shake things up with a few games throughout the lesson. Workplace safety games offer you a fun, budget-friendly, and memorable training tool to help gain employees’ attention, elevate their understanding of company safety policies and procedures, and motivate them to be part of the solution in achieving and maintaining a safe work environment.
For this game, you’ll need to divide your training attendees into at least two teams. Challenge the teams to a series of safety station activities. Activities might include:
- Personal protection equipment “drills” to see who can put all their equipment on the fastest,
- Demonstrate proper lifting techniques,
- Properly fill out an incident report based on an accident scenario
- Identify all the supplies in a First Aid kit.
The team that correctly completes all survival stations first is the team that wins the game. Each team will receive a token after they successfully complete of each survival station.
You will need a timer, score sheet and pencil, and workplace safety topics. Divide your participants into two teams. Have the teams take turns in acting out their assigned word or phrase. Set the time limit for 30 seconds or a minute for each word or phrase. The team with the most points wins. It’s just like any game of charades, but with safety topics.
Safety Slogan Memory Challenge
Keep employees engaged each week by challenging them to remember safety slogans or rules. First thing Monday morning, post a safety slogan or a rule straight from your company’s procedure manual on the company bulletin board. Employees have all week to read and memorize the slogan. On Friday morning, take the slogan or rule off the bulletin board. At random times throughout the day, approach employees and test their memory. When an employee is able to quote the safety slogan accurately, that employee receives a small prize. To make the game more challenging, try posting a slogan or rule every day, removing it at lunch time, and quizzing everyone’s memory in the afternoon.
Ideas for Safety Game Prizes
Everyone loves prizes! Workplace safety game prizes can be big or small – either way, your team will appreciate the effort. Game winners might be treated to a variety of items depending on budget. Some ideas include company logo merchandise, casual dress day, lunch with their supervisor, or incentive points that can be used to purchase items in your recognition program catalog.
Simple games encourage employees to have fun while also learning important safety lessons. These fun and easy games teach employees important safety procedures while also keeping them engaged with your company’s safety message. For even more employee engagement ideas, check out our employee recognition programs!