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2023 Safety Olympics

March 23-25, 2023  –  Hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University

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The annual Safety Olympics challenges the knowledge and skills of top safety college students by placing them in multiple safety events over a two-day period. An Occupational Safety & Health Career Fair will be held on Friday, March 24th from 9am-3pm in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom for all students to attend. Winners of the 2023 Safety Olympics will be announced and recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 25th.

The deadline to register your team is March 10, 2023.


Thursday, March 23

3:00 p.m. – Check-in at hotel opens for visiting teams
6:30 p.m. – Welcome Dinner – Speaker, Southeastern President Thomas Newsom (La Quinta)

Friday, March 24

8:00-8:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremony – Speaker, Benjamin Craig (Hallie McKinney Ballroom)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Career Fair (Hallie McKinney Ballroom)
9:00-10:00 a.m. – Event 1
10:15-11:15 a.m. – Event 2
11:30-12:30 p.m. – Event 3
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch (Magnolia Room – students, a separate lunch will be provided near the ballroom for sponsors and career fair company representatives)
1:45-2:45 p.m. – Event 4
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Event 5
4:15-5:15 p.m. – Event 6
6:00-7:30 p.m. – Dinner – Speaker, Billy Naylor (La Quinta)
8:00 -11:00 p.m. – Night Out at The District (Transportation Provided from Hotel to District and Back)

Saturday, March 25

11:00 a.m. – Awards Ceremony and Luncheon – Speaker Michael Larranaga (Hallie McKinney Ballroom)

DayTimeAccident InvestigationHazard IdentificationTraining PresentationSafety Culture PresentationSafety Innovation PresentationSafety Jeopardy
Friday, March 24OSH Construction LabStudent Union 323AStudent Union 323BStudent Union 315Student Union 303Student Union 202
9:00-10:00 a.m.SEPSUOSUUCM
10:15-11:15 a.m.SEOSUPSUUCM
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.UCMPSUSEOSU
1:45-2:45 p.m.UCMOSUSEPSU
3:00-4:00 p.m.OSUUCMPSUSE
4:15-5:15 p.mPSUUCMSEOSU

OSU – Oklahoma State University PSU – Pittsburg State University SE – Southeastern Oklahoma State University
UCM – University of Central Missouri

Safety Olympics Events

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Safety Jeopardy Open Close

googles must be wornReady to show off Safety and Health knowledge? All six team members will work together to clear the Jeopardy board within 60 minutes.  This exciting event tests students’ knowledge and the ability to think on their feet.   All test questions are based on the required knowledge for the ASP exam.

Hazard Recognition Open Close

construction peopleTeams will work together to inspect a virtual workspace, using virtual reality technology.  They will need to work together to identify all the hazards, find the General Industry standard associated with those hazards, and develop recommendations for corrective actions before the time runs out! All six team members will participate in this event.

Presentation Preparation Open Close

presentationSafety professionals must be able to effectively articulate in writing and in presentations the nature of hazards and risks.  They may also need to address dangerous situations in a timely manner. In this event, teams draw a topic (hazard) at random and are provided 45 minutes to develop a presentation and 15 minutes to deliver it. Three of the team members will participate in this event.

Safety Innovation Open Close

innovationTeams will select a safety issue, prior to the competition, that is a current problem in industry. Teams will create an innovative solution to that problem. In advance of this event, they will also prepare a boardroom style presentation to introduce their solution. During this event, three team members will present the problem and solution, as well as answer any questions from the judges about their proposal.

Incident Investigation Open Close

hard hatsThis hands-on event evaluates a team’s ability to thoroughly investigate a simulated accident. Each team acts independently to assess the situation, review witness statements, gather evidence and present their findings that aim at eliminating repeat accidents in the future. Three team members must participate in the investigation and presentation.

Safety Culture Open Close

safety cultureThe culture of an organization governs the behaviors of that organization.  In this event, three team members will be provided a scenario of a safety culture issue prior to the competition.  They will prepare a boardroom style presentation to convince management to implement their plan to change the safety culture.