Where learning meets the real world

The annual Safety Olympics takes safety students’ knowledge and skills out of the classroom and puts them to work with five competitive safety events over two days. Teams participate in real-world challenges that require them to identify safety problems and work together to find solutions. This experience mimics how safety issues are addressed in industry, putting their learning to the ultimate test. Winners receive valuable equipment for their school, and bragging rights for a lifetime!

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All Environmental and Safety Management programs from universities across the nation are invited to participate. This event is also a perfect opportunity for students and recruiters to meet and learn about each other – companies can observe the students in action, and students can learn about industry needs and cultures to determine the best fit for their career. Corporate sponsorships and donations are a great way for industry to recruit the very best safety leaders, and they’re available on a variety of levels.

3rd Annual Safety Olympics scheduled for

Thursday-Friday, April 16 & 17, 2020

Pittsburg State University, Kansas Technology Center, Pittsburg, Kansas



OSHA Jeopardy

Ready to show off OSHA regulation knowledge? Each team selects a single student to compete against the other teams in a live game show that provides clues that are answered in the form of questions. This exciting event tests knowledge and the ability to think on your feet – real-world skills that will come in handy in the workplace.

Hazard Recognition

Teams will rotate through three hazard stations focused on the oil and gas, general industry, and construction fields. Facilitated by the Missouri Department of Labor, this event requires teams to work with equipment and scenarios to recognize hazards and locate the Code of Federal Regulations standard that supports their findings.

Presentation Preparation

Safety professionals must be able to effectively articulate in writing and in presentations the nature of hazards and risks. In this event, teams draw a topic (hazard) at random and are then given time to prepare a “toolbox talk” that concisely describes the hazard and reduce the associated risks.

Safety Innovation

This event serves as the culmination of a semester’s work in creating or modifying a piece of equipment that improves workplace safety. Teams prepare in advance, including designing and producing a functioning prototype, and are given 30 minutes to present their concept.

Incident Investigation

This hands-on event evaluates a team’s ability to thoroughly investigate a simulated accident. Each team acts independently to assess the situation, interview witnesses, and present their findings that aim at eliminating repeat accidents in the future. Each team member must participate in the presentation.