SAFETY MEMES – the best and funniest

imageWhat is a meme? The official definition is: A meme (/ˈmiːm/ meem) is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture”. It could include a captioned image, a hyperlink, a video or even a hashtag. Examples have included the recent planking craze or the harlem shuffle videos – both of which resulted in people losing their jobs due to breaching safety rules whilst filming. See article: Our Obsession with Forbidden Pleasures–Applying it to Safety …

safety memeFor many years safety fail videos and pictures have very popular, perhaps for all the wrong reasons (see why here). We don’t agree with the use of safety memes and other voyeuristic techniques as, although they may create awareness and get attention they can lead to desensitisation (see: A Case of Desensitisation)

Since safety seems to have a culture of its own, then it makes sense that safety memes will flood facebook, the internet and training presentations. Oh well, if you can beat em, join em. Here is a collection of safety memes and links to more. Please carefully consider what you do with these and the long term harm they may cause.


The Meme Center

imageThe meme center contains a large collection of quite funny safety memes using some of the safety fail photos you may have seen a few times already.

Make your own safety meme with their Meme Builder

Quick Meme

Not many safety memes on this site but you might find some of their others quite funny – warning easy to waste a lot of time in there!

Delta Flight Safety Video

See How Many Internet Memes Delta managed to cram Into This Ridiculous In-Flight Safety Video:

imagePlease send us any good safety memes you have seen or created. But please don’t send in any more SAFETY FIRST memes – its too easy to poke fun of the “over safetyfication” of everything (Safety Compulsive Obsessive Disorder)



Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot, Compliance Controller and Global Pandemic Expert at Everything Safety
Barry Spud
What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

2 Replies to “SAFETY MEMES”

    1. Thanks – there is some really dumb stuff on there that does absolutely nothing for real risk discernment but I’m sure just Safety luves it – saves having to think too much about what is truly effective

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