Safety training should not be boring and mundane. In fact, if you ask the City of Crescent City, safety training can be both educational and FUN!

Named for the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach south of the city, Crescent City is located on the pacific coast in the upper northwestern part of California, about 20 miles south of the Oregon Border. Crescent City’s offshore geography makes it usually susceptible to tsunamis. Recently a whirlwind of positive safety culture has been building out of this quiet coastal town.

The City participates in an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recognized nationwide safety event known as Safe and Sound each August. The event recognizes the success of workplace safety and health programs and offers information on how to keep America’s workers safe. Historically, past events were filled with games, smiling faces and the smell of barbeque.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that remain, this year the Safe and Sound event had to be a virtual experience instead of the intimate employee festival that Staff look forward to every year.

Broadcasted over the Zoom platform, staff participated in a Safety Jeopardy game with multiple teams from departments within the City. With City Manager Eric Weir as host, employees answered safety related questions about compliance and best practices. The mood during this year’s event was lighthearted and competitive, which is what I have come to expect from the City.

Kudos to you Crescent City for overcoming the adversity of the situation and not letting the COVID-19 pandemic prevent you from fulfilling your tradition of celebrating safety.