Workplace Safety Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What kinds of safety risks exist in the workplace? This lesson plan explains the principles of workplace safety with the class using a video lesson. An activity gives students the chance to assess workplace safety.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list statistics about workplace safety
  • define 'workplace safety'
  • discuss the most common workplace injuries
  • explain why some professions have higher risks for workplace injury than others
  • describe safety measures that can reduce workplace injuries


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


  • Paper copies of the worksheet associated with the video lesson
  • A stack of index cards, each labeled with one of the following: 'Fast Food Restaurant', 'Veterinarian's Office', 'Doctor's Office', 'Housekeeper', 'Construction Worker', 'Teacher', 'Police Officer' and 'Store Clerk'

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