OSHA's new free training video game!

OSHA has introduced an instructive video game! Called the Hazard Identification Training Tool. As readers know, I can never resist something like this. Half because I believe learning can be and should be fun. Half because you might expect a game like this to be maybe a little silly. Well – turns out, it's not so bad. Thanks to John Surma at Adams & Reese for directing my attention to this one.

To play the game is easy. You download the framework but the game stays online, so no complicated installation process.  Then you can choose one of many roles. I chose "Owner of a metal parts factory in manufacturing." They also have Construction roles and Visual Inspection Training.

What the game looks like:

Construction safety:

Inspection (fall safety, but there are other categories):

This guy, above, is from the ladies' gymnastics team apparently. He may need some help.

What do you think? Will this type of thing be useful? Does it have potential? Leave any thoughts you may have in the comments section below at bottom, maybe we'll have a discussion.

The blurb from OSHA

OSHA's Hazard Identification Training Tool is an interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification. After using this tool, users will better understand the process to identify hazards in their own workplace.

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