Ways to Use HazardHunt Activities
HazardHunt scenes can be used at the beginning of a training class as a warm up or introduction to class material; at the end of a training class as a review; and in the middle as the main focus of a training class. Below are a few ideas to get you started but the HazardHunt scenes can easily be used any way you like.
As a Pre-class Activity
It is always a good idea to have an activity going when trainees first come into a training room so that they immediately start to focus on the topic instead of being distracted with everything going on outside of the training room. HazardHunt can easily work as a pre-class warm up activity. To use HazardHunt in his way, start by writing the instructions for the activity on a flipchart in the front of the room. Next, place a copy of one of the HazardHunt scenes at each seat or hand each trainee a copy as they enter the room. Tell the trainees that they need to identify as many of the hazards in the picture as they can. Once class begins, ask for volunteers to shout out the number of hazards they found and then give a reward to the winner. After you have rewarded the winner, go through each hazard and discuss it as it applies to the class you are delivering.
As a Review Activity
HazardHunt works great as an activity to either teach or reinforce content that covers specific hazards. If you are training individuals on inspection techniques, any of the illustrations will work but it is best if you find the illustrations that resemble the work environments most familiar to yours. After all class content has been covered, divide the class into teams and ask each team to identify as many hazards as possible. To make this review even more comprehensive, ask each team to also write out (or verbally explain) each hazard, why they believe it is a hazard, and how they would fix it. After each team has finished, review the HazardHunt scene as a class.
As a Safety Orientation Activity
HazardHunt scenes can be used to form the basis of new employee Safety Orientation classes. When you are delivering training content to a class of new employees or contractors, hand out a copy of one or more of the HazardHunt activities to each trainee. Ask the trainees to spend some time trying to identify any hazards they see. Depending on each trainee’s level of experience or background, they may only be able to identify a few, or they may be able to identify all of them. Do not allow too much time when using the HazardHunt activities in this way. If you are using only one scene, it is helpful to project this image on a screen or wall so the entire class can easily see and discuss it. Ask for volunteers to point out hazards they have identified but be prepared to point them out yourself. As each one is located, discuss your facility’s related safety rules and programs. If one HazardHunt scene does not specifically relate to everything you need to cover, use a combination of HazardHunt scenes.
As a Refresher Class
Annual refresher training is one of the hardest things to keep interesting for trainees (and trainers as well!) HazardHunt scenes are a great way to let trainees demonstrate what knowledge they have retained from previous years as well as a way to help you to identify which areas you might need to spend more time reviewing with the class. Upon entering the room, give each trainee a copy of a HazardHunt scene and ask them to identify the hazards and be able to explain why it is a hazard. After trainees have provided their explanations, you can fill in the holes and provide the additional information they need to make their training complete.
As a Safety Training Class
Similar to the situations above, HazardHunt scenes can be used as the main focus of any training class. If it is used as described above for a Safety Orientation class, it can provide a highly interactive and interesting way of covering all necessary material without having to resort to the typical lecture format. As a trainer, you can control how much work you want the trainees to contribute. For example, you could ask them to simply identify the hazards or you could ask them to describe how they would correct each hazard. You could also ask them to identify the company program or standard that makes the identified hazard a problem (but this answer could also just be plain common sense and not necessarily a rule that is written somewhere). Another option would be to divide the class into teams after the entire class has identified the hazards as a group. Have one team identify why each hazard poses a problem and what the consequences would be if the hazard was not fixed. Have another team describe in detail what would be required to fix the hazard (you could even have them fill out a company work order). Depending on the amount of time you have, and the experience and skill level of the trainees, you could expand or shorten the exercise as needed.