OSHA Using Gaming as a New Teaching Tool

There is no denying that we live in a much faster world than our parents ever did. Attention spams are declining as more and more people grow up in a media saturated world. High speed action moves dominate theaters and television and video games are a staple for most kids and young adults.

Rather than try to fight OSHA has simply adapted to meet the challenge by its own video game. Unlike most video games which are designed only for entertainment, OSHA’s new “Hazard Identification Training Tool” is designed to educate.


From the OSHA Hazard Identification Training Tool web page:

This tool is intended to:

(1) Teach small business owners and their workers the process for finding hazards in their workplace,
(2) Raise awareness on the types of information and resources about workplace hazards available on OSHA’s website.

Go on! Take a break and play the game! Have fun and learn to identify hazards at the same time.

Machine Guarding Game, Glossary and Video

From our friends at convergence training, a page on machine guarding with video:

Machine Guarding Training Resources

Check out the following training resources for Machine Guarding (1910.212), which ranks tenth on OSHA’s Top Ten list this year.

– See more at: http://blog.convergencetraining.com/2013/11/machine-guarding-one-of-oshas-10-most.html

Play the latest installment of “The Inspector”

We’ve highlighted this fun way to spot potential safety issues in the past on this blog. This week, “The Inspector” goes to the roof. Spot the 5 potential safety hazards (click on the image to go to the finehomebuilding site to play the game).

By the way… there are at least 2 more that I spotted that weren’t even listed, the most obvious one being that no one is tied off which according to the new standard is now an absolute must.

Play the “Inspector Game” from Fine Homebuilding

The Inspector Game” on the Fine Homebuilding website isn’t technically only about safety. It’s also about building codes, electrical work, carpentry, etc… but most of the issues addressed do have to do with safely building homes so that there aren’t any problems later so I’m going to send you to their website for you to have fun playing it.

This weeks’ game has to do with insulation. Click on the photo to identify the six problem areas that need to be corrected in order to make sure that the insulation is properly installed. You get 200 points every time you click correctly and 50 are taken off every time you click incorrectly.

Once you’ve finished showing off how good you are regarding insulation, page down and you’ll find 34 other images that you can play with:

Some are specific to safety and others have more to do with building codes. Either way, have fun if you can. It might be a little humiliating to find out how little you know.

What’s Wrong with this Photo?

This photo is taken from www2.worksafebc.com and it is part of a fun way to learn/teach safety. There are several photos in different categories and you play by placing push pins with a little note of explanation for each safety violation that you find. You then submit your answers to compete for prizes.

This particular one is “Nursery Safety”

Other categories include:

  • Scaffolding
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Construction
  • Fork Lift
  • Health Care
  • Roofing
  • Boiler
  • Saw

Play “What’s Wrong with this Photo?