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Tip from Fipps: Make Safety Fun

11 June, 2024

Warehouse workers convene around an open binder to discuss safety.


Traditional approaches to safety training, while effective, often struggle to maintain engagement and enthusiasm among employees. Enter gamification—a strategy that transforms safety protocols into interactive, enjoyable activities. By integrating game mechanics into safety practices, companies can not only enhance participation and retention but also cultivate a robust safety culture that benefits the entire facility.  

Let’s look at the myriad ways gamification can revolutionize workplace safety, highlighting its benefits and providing actionable insights on how to implement these strategies effectively. From increased engagement and knowledge retention to fostering a collaborative and proactive safety environment, making safety fun is a great idea for facilities aiming to prioritize the well-being of their workforce. 

Why Make Safety Fun?

According to research by Zippia,  gamification significantly boosts workplace productivity: 


  • 90% of employees report increased productivity due to gamified experiences 
  • Gamification leads to a 48% rise in employee engagement 
  • 72% of individuals find gamification motivating, driving them to work harder and complete tasks more effectively 
  • 67% of students find gamified learning more engaging and motivating than traditional methods 

Making safety fun through gamification can offer numerous benefits to both employees and the organization. Here are some compelling reasons: 

Increased Engagement and Retention 

Gamification makes safety training and practices more interactive and enjoyable, leading to higher engagement levels among employees. Games and challenges encourage active participation, which can lead to a better understanding and recall of safety procedures and information, compared to traditional methods. Continuous activities help reinforce safety knowledge over time, making it more likely to be remembered and applied. 


Improved Safety Culture 

By rewarding safe behavior, management reinforces the importance of safety and helps to embed it into the workplace culture. Friendly competition and recognition can motivate employees to adopt safer behaviors, influenced by their peers' participation and enthusiasm. Team-based challenges and competitions can foster collaboration and communication among employees, enhancing teamwork and collective problem-solving. Working together towards common safety goals can strengthen relationships and create a sense of community and shared responsibility. 

Better Compliance 

Offering rewards for completing safety tasks or following protocols can improve compliance with safety regulations and guidelines. Regular gamified activities keep safety at the forefront of employees' minds, ensuring ongoing attention to safety practices. Gamified safety training can be more efficient and effective, reducing the time and resources needed to train employees on safety procedures. 

Positive Behavior Change 

Rewarding safe behaviors and proactive safety actions encourages employees to consistently engage in practices that reduce risks and prevent accidents. Public recognition of safety achievements can boost morale and motivate others to follow suit, creating a ripple effect of positive behavior change. An added bonus is real-time feedback, which helps employees quickly understand what they are doing right and where they need improvement. This helps encourage employees to continuously improve their safety practices, leading to a safer work environment over time. 

Fewer Accidents, Save Lives (and Dollars) 

Gamified safety programs support proactive identification and reporting of hazards, leading to quicker resolution and prevention of potential accidents. An engaged workforce is more likely to adhere to safety protocols and take ownership of their safety and that of their colleagues, reducing the overall number of accidents and incidents. By reducing the number of workplace accidents and injuries, companies can save on costs related to healthcare, insurance, and lost productivity. 

Organizations can foster a safer, more engaged, and proactive workforce that leads to a more positive and productive work environment by making safety fun through gamification. 


How to Make Safety Fun 

Gamifying workplace safety can be an effective way to engage employees and promote a protected culture . Here are several ideas to achieve this: 

  1. Safety Leaderboards: Track and display safety metrics such as the number of days without incidents, completed safety training sessions, or proactive safety reports. Recognize top performers on a leaderboard and reward them with incentives like gift cards, extra time off, or public recognition.
  2. Safety Bingo: Create bingo cards with safety-related tasks (e.g., attending a safety meeting, reporting a hazard, wearing personal protective equipment). Employees mark off tasks as they complete them. The first few employees to complete a row, column, or full card win prizes.
  3. Quizzes and Challenges: Develop weekly or monthly safety quizzes on various topics. Employees earn points for correct answers, which can accumulate towards rewards. Include mini-challenges where employees can earn extra points by demonstrating safety practices.
  4. Safety Treasure Hunt: Organize a safety scavenger hunt where employees must find and identify safety equipment, emergency exits, and potential hazards. Provide clues and award points for each item found. The employee or team with the most points wins a prize.
  5. Safety Hero Recognition: Implement a program where employees can nominate their peers for “Safety Hero” awards when they observe someone going above and beyond to ensure workplace safety. Highlight these heroes in company communications and provide tangible rewards.
  6. Digital Badges and Certificates: Create a digital badge system where employees earn badges for completing safety training modules, reporting near-misses, or participating in safety drills. Display badges on an internal platform where employees can see their progress and compete with colleagues.
  7. Team Competitions: Organize team-based safety challenges where different departments or groups compete in safety drills, emergency preparedness, or hazard identification tasks. Keep track of points and award the winning team with a trophy or group outing.
  8. Safety Points System: Implement a points system where employees earn points for engaging in safety activities, such as attending training sessions, submitting safety suggestions, or identifying hazards. Points can be redeemed for rewards like company swag, gift cards, or extra breaks.
  9. Safety Escape Room: Design a safety-themed escape room where employees must solve puzzles and complete tasks related to safety protocols to “escape” the room. This can be done physically or digitally, promoting teamwork and reinforcing safety knowledge in an engaging way.
  10. 10. Recognition and Rewards: Hold monthly award ceremonies recognizing individuals and teams for their safety contributions. Categories could include “Best Safety Suggestion,” “Most Proactive Safety Officer,” or “Best Safety Improvement Idea.”

By integrating these gamification strategies into your workplace safety program, you can create a more engaging and motivating environment that encourages employees to prioritize safety and continuously improve their safety practices. 

DuraLabel Safety Solutions 

Prioritizing safety goes beyond meeting regulations; it's about creating an environment where protection and accountability are on everyone’s mind. By actively seeking out information, taking proactive measures, and working together, you can significantly enhance workplace safety and ensure a secure environment for all employees. 

One way to be compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards while promoting safety is with the implementation of signs and labels. Choose from a variety of DuraLabel safety signs and labels to improve workplace visual communication. 

Do you have specific questions or challenges related to safety regulations? Feel free to reach out to one of our experts at 888-973-2045 for added support in your commitment to safety excellence.  

Stay safe and compliant with DuraLabel’s free OSHA Signage Instant Action Guide. It helps workers create OSHA and ANSI-compliant signage for their facility needs, which includes a facility site inspection checklist to help determine where proper signage may be necessary to prevent potential hazards from occurring.


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