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Safety Bingo Games Are NOT Alike!

Over the decades, we’ve seen any number of imitators — especially after the advent of the Internet in the 1990’s.  Suddenly every Tom, Dick & Harry was heralding their version of safety bingo as though it offered the same proven effectiveness as Safety Pays.

Nothing could be further from the truth.   All one needs to do is visit the various websites promoting safety bingo products.   The Safety Pays differences are stark.

Most such offerings are nothing more than a set of rinky-dink bingo components that include a set of specialized rules.   There’s little to nothing that provides on-going loss control support, much less regular upgrade ideas to support long term program usage.

How do they compete with Safety Pays?    By promoting such safety bingo games as cheaper than Safety Pays.   The problem is such buyers get exactly what they paid for; a generic safety bingo game and little more.

Playing bingo was never the idea behind Safety Pays.   Its purpose was instead to link a company’s safety program to a motivational approach designed to encourage elevated employee safety awareness.

So when it comes to purchasing a safety bingo game… first ask yourself this question:  What am I actually buying?

If it’s just a simple safety game for your employees to play, then any safety bingo game will do.   They’re all pretty much the same.

However, if the purpose behind your safety bingo purchase is to have a program that’s been designed to achieve a full menu of loss control needs, then Safety Pays is the only bingo system that ensures all such value-added elements are included.

Furthermore, you’re assured of long-term customer support for as long as Safety Pays is utilized with a constant low of new ways to utilize and/or expand the program to include a variety of employee goals.

Cost is always a factor.   What matters more is the value received for the price you pay.   We’re confident you’ll see the Safety Pays difference!



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Upgrade Safety Prize Bingo

Safety Pays was originally designed utilizing cash as the primary employee incentive reward. After all, Cash is King when it comes to motivating people. However, sometimes the utilization of cash isn’t possible due to a company’s corporate policy. Other entities such as government agencies are unable to use dollars as a reward to a regulatory prohibition. Therefore, we’ve provided an alternative prize approach on a case by case basis whenever the need arises.

Recently it occurred to us, ‘Why not offer this same option to our existing customers?’ We have client companies reaching back as far as the early 1990’s still utilizing Safety Pays. Many have fully utilized our menu of Upgrade options and are hungry for a new way to get their workforce’s attention. We’re therefore pleased to include Safety Prize Bingo as a new way to heighten employee interest.

Essentially, the game is played exactly the way you’re using the program right now. The difference is in how the jackpot “dollars” are treated when it comes time to rewarding each game round’s winner. Instead of dollars, the Jackpot is now filled with ‘safety bucks’ – points redeemable from a Prize Catalog of your choosing.

Sometimes, the prizes are gift cards redeemable at the company store and/or cafeteria. Others actually keep samples of the prizes on site to be carried away by a winning employee when the Safety Buck prize level is reached. Regardless of approach, when an individual wins a Safety Pays game round, he/she has the opportunity to choose any of the prizes which are available on that particular prize level – based on whatever prize source you use.

Moreover, this new “prize” approach allows the winners to either take the award immediately or save the safety jackpot dollars to combine with future winnings. Some companies even allow winning employees to combine the safety bucks they’ve won to be redeemed for a higher prize level they can thereafter share together.

The point of this Upgrade Suggestion is to provide the bait to keep the fish on the hook of daily workplace safety awareness. If we can assist with recommendations for prize strategies, just contact us through our Customer Support helpline and we’ll be back in touch with any number of recommendations that will fill your specific needs.



Adding Performance Incentives
Eliminating Absenteeism and Tardiness
Grand Prize Game Round
Individual Safety Achievement
More Winners Per Game Round
Motivating Supervisors
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Business Closed

As previously announced, we have closed the Safety Pays, Inc. store on a permanent basis effective October 1, 2021. We will continue to make the Customer Support our website available for our existing customers for an undetermined length of time.,

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We are grateful for the 30 years of helping our customers with their safety incentive needs. We can be reached at

Warmest Regards,

Glenda Marshall, VP

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Safety Incentives Address Absenteeism & Tardiness

What manager doesn’t face this with regularity:  either an employee is absent without providing notice or someone is habitually showing-up late for work.

It’s a headache to be sure.    But poor attendance is not just a personnel and cost issue.    The elimination of absenteeism and tardiness is, therefore, key to ensuring zero a perfect company safety record.

Consider what occurs in any production or time-sensitive environment when an employee suddenly doesn’t show up for work.   The rest of the workforce must compensate and often that leads to increasing the pace of work.

That’s where safety comes in.    A regulated speed is one thing, but when labor shortage forces workers to move too quickly, accidents can and will occur.

It’s, therefore, crucial to understand that employee attendance is a safety issue.   Thus, if an accident-free workplace is the goal, then it’s essential to eliminate absenteeism & tardiness to the extent it exists.   To that end, Safety Pays offers its customers a number of techniques to ensure they climb on board with the goal of perfect attendance.

Some clients favor simply canceling an employee’s Safety Pays bingo card if an unexcused absence occurs during a given game round.   Other companies do something similar to promote on-time arrival at work.

They provide employees either a 5 or 10 minute grace period each day.   However, when the employee reports late two or more times during a game round, that employee is eliminated.  Others take a carrot and stick approach with automatic extra bingo Bonus Cards handed out to any employee who’s gone a year with perfect attendance.

These are benign yet effective ways to communicate to a worker that good attendance and zero accidents go hand in hand.    Sure… everyone can, at times, have a tendency to be late.    However, everyone also knows how to be on-time and usually are….when properly motivated.

It’s all about finding the right bait to hook the fish.   But when you do, it’s almost as though the fish are hopping into the boat on their own!   We invite you to join us on the good ship Safety Pays!

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Maintaining Motivation – Safety Incentives Require Updates

All too often, a company buys a safety incentive game (generic safety bingo is a great example), puts it into place – and then a year later can’t figure out why it’s not providing any results.   First, such simple safety incentive approaches usually do little in the way of genuine loss control.   Instead, they’re a one size fits all approach that provides some game pieces and a set of rules.   After that, the users are on their own.

Effective employee motivation simply won’t work that way.   It’s like feeding the employees the same meal day in and day out, thinking they’ll remain interested in the food served.    Human psychology simply doesn’t work that way.

As a result, one of the essential elements of any safety incentive approach is that it be kept fresh and dynamic.   There must, from time to time, be introduced into the equation entirely new elements to keep employee focus.   Besides, why limit the fun when Safety Pays offers so many ways to divert from its usual formula.

Having a company picnic or year-end holiday party?   Our customers are offered our Grand Prize Game Round design.    Want to run a game round with as many as 10 or more bingo winners?   We provide an entire set of instructions and budget-conscious pay-outs.    Would you like to add absenteeism and tardiness to your Safety Pays game?   Let us show you a number of options how.

Safety Pays can be found in virtually every industrial and business sector, and there’s a huge reason why:  Its versatility.   The program is designed to be adaptable to any environment not to mention any loss control need.   That certainly includes the ability to change-up how Safety Pays is played depending on a company’s given needs.

There’s a reason that Safety Pays has been the nation’s safety incentive leader for nearly 3 decades; we provide much more than just a product but the customer service support to match.   That includes a regular flow up Program Upgrades ensuring Safety Pays will live on and on –and we have customers still using Safety Pays since the early 1990’s.

Safety continues to Pay 25 years later!

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No Gambling Allowed On These Premises!

The question is an obvious one:   Is Safety Pays use of the game of bingo a form of gambling?   The short answer is:  ‘No, of course not.’

This safety incentive program has been made available to the public for nearly 30 years.   If there was the slightest chance it violated some governing authorities local codes or state statutes, we would most certainly have been informed of it by now.

The reason Safety Pays use of bingo does not violate such gaming laws is simple; there’s nothing being placed at risk by the participants.    Most Civil Codes define gambling as ” the wagering of money something of value (referred to as “the stakes”)… with the primary intent of winning money or material goods…”

A company’s employees are never required to pay money much less anything else in order to participate in the Safety Pays program.  Their only requirement is remaining in strict compliance with all company safety policies.  Its bingo mechanism is utilized strictly to maintain employee focus on safety in a happy, healthy and fun way.

It’s actually no different than when a Company uses a drawing in order to award employees prizes at annual events.   Is such a drawing somehow construed as conducting a ‘lottery’?    Absolutely not for the same reasons as defined earlier; the winners of such employee drawings have not been required to put anything at risk in order to win.

As is the case with a random drawing, bingo is simply a technique for prize distribution based on chance.   Fundamental fairness is inherent in what is delivered.  Furthermore, nobody ever loses as a Safety Pays participant.   Every winner is representative of the entire workforce’s success in avoiding on-the-job safety infractions.

Moreover, bingo is participatory in nature.   Every day a drawing occurs, ever day the jackpot increases, every day more and more employees see their bingo cards getting closer to becoming a winner.   That drives elevated safety awareness.

There’s a reason for using a fun game-like approach to elevate employee safety consciousness .   Employees who enjoy the effort are that much more successful in achieving great things as a team.   Bingo is a communal game.   It allows everyone to become an eventual winner.

That’s not gambling.   It’s how success in the American workplace is achieved.

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Safety Incentive Recipe: Take A Card! Earn A Card!

For those seeing Safety Pays for the first time, one of the obvious questions is, ‘Why are there two different colors of bingo cards used?’   The answer is simple:   Our blue bingo cards are used as each employee’s regular ‘Game Card’, with new blue cards distributed at the beginning of each game round.   If an employee is included in Safety Pays, he/she receives this as part of their game participation in the program.

Red bingo cards are what Safety Pays refers to as ‘Bonus Cards’.  These are additional chances to win based on some form of initiative or achievement.   It’s important the employees know the Company values not only the overall workforce’s success at mitigating losses, but that individual effort contributing to the goal of an accident-free workplace, will be commensurately rewarded.

The Safety Pays design is intended to drive group safety awareness while simultaneously harnessing those individual employees expressing unique contributions in some way.   One example is the Program’s Employee Suggestion component providing Bonus Cards whenever an employee sees something then says something.

Another is the game’s safety slogan campaign called ‘Phrase That Pays’.   Post that game round’s safety phrase next to the Safety Pays game board.  If an employee can repeat it when asked on-the-job, he or she receives a Bonus Card on the spot for use in the current game round.

There’s literally hundreds of ways Safety Pays utilizes the bingo game formula in order to invite greater employee participation to bringing greater safety to the workplace.    Different colored bingo cards are simply one of the ways Safety Pays achieves this.


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A Key Safety Incentive Program Requirement: Supervisor Motivation

How many successful teams first don’t start with a winning coach?   That’s one of the problems with so many safety incentive ‘games’.   They throw a bunch of game pieces together with a set of rules and think it’s an effective way to motivate the workforce.    What is so often neglected is the very people who need to further elevate safety awareness; the supervisory staff.

Because Safety Pays is an actual loss control program — one based on employee motivation — our program approach ensures the coaches are as incentivized to win the safety game as participating employees.    We offer a variety of techniques to ensure that with each positive step forward in winning the game of safety, the supervisors are receiving commensurate rewards themselves.

One of the favorite methodologies to increase individual employee contributions is to have a company’s supervisory staff hand-out bingo Bonus Cards any time they see an employee express individual initiative or achievement.  The employee receiving the card may immediately use it in the current Game Round as an additional chance to win.

What motivates the supervisor?  If they employee wins the Safety Pays game round with the Bonus Card received, both employee and supervisor receive and extra $100 reward.

There is great elegance in this strategy.   First, from a budgetary standpoint, there is no cost in handing out an extra bingo card.   The cost only occurs if that Bonus Card wins.   However, the positive recognition and reinforcement it provides has an incalculable benefit; especially when repeated over and over throughout the workplace, one week to the next.

This is just one of the many ‘inside baseball’ approaches Safety Pays provides to its customers.   We know the key to winning any game is good coaching.    But when great coaching is involved, winning becomes not a goal, but an expectation!

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Why Reward Employees For Safe Behavior?

Why Reward Employees For Safe Behavior?

There’s plenty of questions we’re used to fielding from companies interested in utilizing our motivational approach to workplace safety.  There’s the age-old question whether safety bingo is a form of gambling.  (It’s not!) Of course, those most concerned with OSHA compliance wants to know how Safety Pays ensure employee injury reporting?

But without a doubt, the first query we’re most often presented with is:  Why should I pay my employees to do something that’s already part of their job; to work safely?

In the world of business, there’s a quick answer to that question:   Because it’s more costly not to do so.

Moreover, such costs are not strictly financial.  There’s the cost of lowered productivity, higher safety risks due to increased work pressures on co-workers to cover for the injured worker, not to mention the attendant loss of positive employee morale.

At one time, the over-riding push in the American workplace was to get the job done.   Today, with our more elevated understanding of what leads to employee success, that philosophy has been broadened to include ‘getting the job done… safely’.   Workforce safety is a value-added worth paying a little extra for.

In business today, it’s a proven fact:  the associated costs of not motivating one’s employees to work safely far exceed management’s investment ensuring they do.

The question therefore is not whether safety incentives have their place as a motivational tool to promote workplace safety.    It’s a proven fact:   Without them, a workforce’s commitment to safety will not be nearly as strong.   That’s why OSHA continues to endorse the utilization of appropriate safety incentives.

The more important question now is how such safety incentives are utilized.   Effective motivational reinforcement ensures a worker feels not only recognized & rewarded, but in a way which is both entertaining and engaging over the long-term.

Approaching safety incentives in such a way pays unending dividends, often in ways a company’s management never imagined.   The workforce is a company’s safety delivery system.   Safety Pays is the energy source to drive that safety system to ever great heights…and an eventual permanent orbit of zero incidents in the workplace.

Isn’t that worth paying for?

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How Effective Safety Incentives Keep A Company’s Workforce Engaged

When Safety Pays was created in the late 1980’s, part of what made its safety incentive formula so unique was due to it being the brainchild of a former television writer.

After departing the entertainment business, he stepped into a Los Angeles based seafood distribution company that was struggling with its losses.

For the better part of a year, he pursued conventional strategies such as plant safety inspections, safety training, improved safety equipment, etc.).   However, his loss control results were rather disappointing, particular in driving down on at-fault incidents.

It was at that point that he realized he’d failed to reach his audience:  the Company’s workforce.   He then remembered the advice his former writing mentor had given him:

“The only purpose for television programming is to keep the audience’s attention between commercials.”

Naturally, that meant the writer had better leave the audience at the edge of their seats right before the commercial break.   After all, it’s the commercials that pay the bills.

He realized that was the missing link from his Company’s achieving elevated safety consciousness throughout the workplace.   He realized that he had successfully created some great commercials through the implementation of a comprehensive safety program.

The problem was that he’d failed to gain his employees full engagement and participation.   Without that crucial linkage, employee safety awareness could never be fully realized.

It therefore became his goal to find a way to motivate them.   He wanted his company’s employees to not just watch those safety program ‘commercials’, but to then become buyers of a committed safety culture; one where everyone has full participation.

Safety Pays’ innovative approach to safety incentives was the eventual result of that understanding.

LESSON LEARNED:  If you want people to pay attention, give them a reason to; and one they’ll enjoy.   As the saying goes in the seafood business, “You bait the hook to suit the fish!”   Only then can you reel ‘em in!

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