3 Fun Ways to Train Users on Your New Fire Code Reporting System

Fire Code Reporting

While playing at work is usually discouraged, in some cases it may help you reach your safety goals. If you need to train your chemists on inventory compliance, fun might just be the way to go. Fire code compliance is part of establishing a safe workplace and preparing for a worst-case scenario when emergency responders need accurate information about the inventory.

The first step to fire code reporting is choosing a robust chemical management system. Bar code technology is finding its way into all parts of life, and in the lab, it lets you take advantage of unlimited information about the chemical. Combined with the right software, you can streamline your inventory and fire code reporting in one swoop. However, one of the biggest hurdles to making it all come together is user training. Here are three ideas for spicing up your training meetings. This is the seventh post in a series about fire code reporting.


Tactic #1 Receive Your Chemical in 30 Minutes or It’s Free

If this reminds you of your local pizzeria, you are correct – this scheme is modeled after the popular pizza delivery offer. One Life Sciences company has a centrally based inventory system with delivery of inventory to individual departments. This means that there is a gatekeeper who makes sure all orders are entered in the system, which is important for accurate inventory reporting. The company gets excellent user buy-in through this something-for-nothing concept. In the beginning it was a fun and funny new way to receive chemicals. After users saw how quick and easy it was, the system was running strong with better compliance as a result.


Tactic #2 Playing Games at Work

-The answer is:  The classification and labeling system that is being adopted by OSHA in 2015

-What is the question?

Anyone familiar with Jeopardy™ will recognize the backward style of trivia questions from the beloved game show.  It may be just the morale booster you were looking for: Bingo, Jeopardy™, and Pictionary™ are all examples of games that can be adapted for teaching.


To play Inventory Jeopardy™, find a pre-made Jeopardy™ powerpoint file online. Put on your best Alex Trebek mustache and create questions, ranging in difficulty, about the new GHS requirements, or inventory system, or unicorns, or whatever you want. The options are limitless, and obviously fun prizes are obligatory for all participants.

Considering that you have ongoing training for the life of the company, this can also be a way to freshen up your sessions every once in a while. Who doesn’t love playing games? Training doesn’t have to be painful!


Tactic #3 What Gets Measured Gets Done

Once you have taught the skill and practiced it, the next step is to measure the skill you are looking for. Let’s just say you are implementing a new chemical inventory system. You might perform audits more frequently during the transition to see if people are using the system and if the system is improving fire code compliance. You can make this fun by establishing a company-wide goal for improving audit scores and presenting a reward for everyone if it is reached. If you don’t see any expected changes over time, then something is wrong.


These ideas might be a little far fetched for all workplaces, but the bottom line is that successful training works best in a positive workplace environment. Fire code reporting is the strongest when all workers are using the chemical inventory system properly. And as we know, good fire code reporting saves lives, which is fun!

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