Safety bingo is a motivational game that increases safety awareness in the workplace. The concept is similar to traditional bingo. Each employee receives a bingo card at the beginning of the game and one number is drawn each day until someone makes a bingo and earns a prize. Numbers are generally posted in an employee break room so everyone can check their bingo cards daily. When an employee suffers a preventable work injury, the game ends and everyone gets new cards. Although bingo is fun to play on its own, the incentive to win a prize also becomes a subconscious reminder for employees to follow safety protocol.
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Things you need
- Bingo cards
- Bingo number dispenser
- Dry-erase board
- Dry-erase markers
Use a word processing program to create a flyer announcing the start of a safety bingo program. Hang these flyers in employee areas to draw interest.
Decide what prize safety bingo winners should receive. If you choose to award cash, check with your human resources department for payroll regulations on cash prizes. Prizes may also require budget approval.
Distribute rules sheets and bingo cards to department managers. Hold a managers' meeting to discuss implementing the program. On the designated start date, managers should give one card to each employee and explain how safety bingo works.
Hang a dry-erase board in the employee break room. Write "Safety Bingo" at the top of the board. Draw a line down the middle of the board to create two sections. On one side, write "Today's Number." On the other side, write "Days Without a Lost Time Accident." Post safety bingo rules and a safety manual next to the board.
Update the board every day with the newly called bingo number and the days without an accident. Keep a spreadsheet of numbers called and post this next to the board so employees can check for numbers they missed on their days off.
Continue calling numbers each day until either someone wins or is injured due to not following safety policy.
Write the winner's name and department on the board to announce an end to the first round of safety bingo. Continue with a new game and new prize.
Wipe the board clean and remove the list of previously called numbers following an eligible injury. Collect bingo cards from all employees and start the game over.
Tips and warnings
- If cash prizes are not possible, gasoline cards or grocery store gift cards are useful choices.
- As the number of days without an accident increases, increase the prize bounty for each consecutive game as an incentive to continue being safe. For example, if the first game has a £16 prize, the second game could have a £32 prize.
- Be sure to supply managers with enough bingo cards to provide to new employees.
- Although safety will be on employees' minds due to the incentive prize, managers should continue to discuss good safety habits in staff meetings.
- Determine in advance what qualifies as an eligible injury to end the game. Not all workplace injuries are due to failure to follow procedures, so be sure to make the distinction.
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