11 Ways to Liven Up Your Safety Training

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11 Ways to Liven Up Your Safety Training

As the workforce ages, getting young workers up to speed is more important than ever. Training is the fastest way to fill the skill gap that’s left behind when veteran workers decide to hang it up. We’ve got some fresh and fun ways you can spruce up your training techniques so young workers leave your sessions engaged, empowered, and equipped with the skills needed to do the job.
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By Shannon Chalfant, Staff Writer, Magid

As the workforce ages, getting young workers up to speed is more important than ever. Training is the fastest way to fill the skill gap that’s left behind when veteran workers decide to hang it up. We’ve got some fresh and fun ways you can spruce up your training techniques so young workers leave your sessions engaged, empowered, and equipped with the skills needed to do the job.

Account for Different Learning Types

Before you choose a training technique, understand that your workforce is likely made up of different types of learners. It’s important that your training sessions offer something for everyone.

Diagram of learning types

For workers to retain information, you have to offer a combination of techniques.

Graph of types of information that adults typically retain

Ideas to Keep Workers Engaged in Training

Mix and match these safety training ideas and find which approach is best for your work environment and which satisfies different types of learners. Once you’ve figured out which approaches work best for your facility, rotate activities to keep training fresh and engaging so safety is always top-of-mind for your workers.

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1. Interactive Presentations & Videos
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Keep it fun! Improve any slides you may be using by adding fun images of what not to do or engaging videos to help break up a lecture.

2. Safety Games

Try a game like “safety bingo” or “spot the hazard.” Hand out prizes like branded t-shirts or points that add up and can be cashed in for a bigger prize at the end of training.

3. Small Group Breakout Sessions

Divide students up into small groups. Give them a workplace scenario and ask them as a group to outline the proper safety procedures and PPE that should be used to prevent an injury.

4. Case Studies

Share a real life example. Have an experienced worker discuss a mistake he/she made that led to an injury or a situation where proper PPE prevented an injury.

5. Utilize Your Veterans


Bring in experienced or retired workers and let the newbies pick their brain.


Let an experienced peer lead the training session. People like to hear from those who work alongside them.


Allow workers to train with veterans across all workplace applications or shadow a veteran as they do their job. This can help young workers get a broader understanding of how their job can impact other jobs.


Offer rewards to your veterans for putting up with the newbie tag-alongs!

6. Role-playing

Use your facility as a stage and let your workers be the actors. Simulate a potential hazardous situation and walk through the Dos and Don’ts.

7. Dress a Mannequin

Divide students up into small groups. Give them a workplace scenario and ask them as a group to outline the proper safety procedures and PPE that should be used to prevent an injury.

8. Demonstrations

Leave the classroom and hit the production floor. Let workers see in real-time the practices and procedures you’ve been training them on.

9. Quizzes & Review Questions

Before you start training, test your workers’ knowledge with a fun quiz! Give away little prizes to encourage participation. Ask review questions at the end of each topic you cover. Make it a fun competition. Use a site like kahoot.com to make the review interactive!

Take a Quiz
10. Experience PPE from the Inside Out

Let workers put PPE through the wringer. Allow them to hammer a steel toed boot or cut through a non-cut-resistant material and a cut-resistant material with a razor or scissors to see the difference.

11. Safety Olympics

Mix and match any of these ideas and create different obstacles throughout your facility aimed at testing a worker’s knowledge. Have a ceremony at the end to celebrate the winners.

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