Safety Sequence Activities

July 24, 2023

Safety Sequence Activities

When it comes to safety training, engaging participants is key to ensuring they retain crucial information. "Safety Sequence" is a fantastic quick game that gets trainees up and out of their seats, making learning fun and memorable. This activity is great to use when teaching specific safety procedures that have distinct steps (such as lock-out/tag-out).

How to Play Safety Sequence

  1. Divide into Teams: Begin by dividing the trainees into teams. If possible, ensure that each team has the same number of people as steps in the procedure. For example, for a ten step procedure, you would have ten people per team. 

  2. Create Cards: Before the training session, prepare index cards with each step of the procedure (e.g., 10 steps for lockout-tagout). Make sure to have a set of cards for each team. Mix up the cards in each set so they are not in the correct order.l

  3. Distribute the Cards: Hand out one set (of mixed up cards) to each team.

  4. Start the Game: Instruct the teams to organize themselves in the correct order of the safety procedure. The team that successfully lines up with the correct sequence of steps wins the game.

Benefits of Safety Sequence

  1. Interactive Learning: Safety Sequence actively involves participants, helping them internalize the safety procedure steps through hands-on experience.

  2. Physical Activity: This game gets trainees moving, which can boost energy levels and engagement during the training session.

  3. Enhanced Retention: By turning learning into a fun and interactive experience, Safety Sequence aids in better information retention and recall.

  4. Inclusive Approach: Safety Sequence can be adapted for participants with reading challenges by using visual aids like photographs illustrating the steps of the safety procedure. 

Expanding Safety Sequence to Other Safety Training Areas

Safety Sequence's versatility extends beyond lockout-tagout training. It can be applied to any safety topic that involves a distinct set of steps. For instance, procedures like emergency evacuations, hazardous material handling, or first aid could benefit from this interactive approach.

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PS - If you read this far - THANKS! If you would like to give a LOTO Safety Sequence a try, you can download an activity packet here

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