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Children From Around U.S. Join ASSE, OSHA, in D.C. to Promote Job Safety, Launch NAOSH Week

Posted in on Wed, May 2, 2012

For May 7, 2012 – ASSE Media Advisory
Washington, D.C.

CHILDREN FROM AROUND THE U.S. JOIN AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS,OSHA, IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TO PROMOTE JOB SAFETY

WHAT: Children from Hawaii, Florida, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Georgia, W. Virginia, Virginia, and other states — winners and entrants in the 10th annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)  kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for kids aged 5-14–will be voicing their concern about work
safety as the guests of ASSE at events at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Capitol as part of the annual North American Occupational Safety and
Health (NAOSH) kick-off events Monday, May 7.

The close to 40 children and their families are using their own resources to travel to the events with ASSE, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and 45 other organizations representing all industries with operations located around the world to put the spotlight on prevention, sharing best practices and education all aimed at saving lives and reducing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Central to NAOSH Week, the ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest teaches children about the importance of being safe at work and educates them on what occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals do at work to protect people, property and the environment. In its 10th year,
many kids have illustrated the dangers of driving while distracted, not wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), farm safety, small business safety,
lemonade stand safety and much more, as part of the poster contest. As children begin to understand these concerns and how simple steps can lead to a safer
workplace, they wonder why more than 4500 workers still died from on-the-job injuries in 2010 in the U.S. Through NAOSH Week, ASSE and its members along with OSHA offer free resources and information to help prevent on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, May 6, at the National Zoo (10:30 a.m.); Monday, May 7, at the U.S. Department of Labor auditorium (10:30 a.m.); the
U.S. Capitol (noon – 1:30 p.m.) – SVC 215, and the National Gallery of Art (2:00 p.m.).

Contact: Diane Hurns, ASSE PR, 847-768-3413, 847-909-4548, dhurns@asse.org; Gina Harps, OSHA, harps.gina@dol.gov. Go to www.asse.org/naosh for more information.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.    For more information, please go to www.asse.org/naosh or to www.asse.org/newsroom. SafeStart is a premier sponsor of NAOSH Week.
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