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ASSE’s Hawaii Chapter Partners With Local Schools for Kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ Poster Contest Winners

Posted in , on Thu, Feb 9, 2012

HONOLULU, HI (February 8, 2012) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Hawaii Chapter announced today the winners of its local kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest from Kapolei Elementary School and Kapolei Middle School. All posters will go on to compete in the 10th annual ASSE kid’s ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest which supports the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) efforts held each May.

The ASSE poster contest is for children aged 5-14. Nationally, grand prize winners selected from each of the five age groups win a $5,000 savings bond with the second, third and fourth place winners also winning savings bonds. The grand prize winners’ posters are featured on the NAOSH 2012 poster distributed worldwide. The goal of the contest is to reach out to young children about the importance of being safe at work and educate them on what occupational safety, health and environmental professionals do every day to prevent injuries and illnesses at work. The deadline for the national contest is Valentine’s Day, February 14. The winners will be announced March 1.

ASSE Hawaii Chapter President Craig Shoji said the chapter selected Kapolei Elementary and Kapolei Middle school to participate this year.  Each year they select a different school. The local contest was organized by ASSE member Mark Behren, safety manager for the Hawaii Department of Education.

Shoji and Behren announced that the winners from Kapolei Elementary are: 1st place – Ian Silao, 6; 2nd place – Bryce Mesa, 7; and, 3rd place – Tiffanny Martin, 7; and 1st place – Michele Bouifacio, 11; 2nd place – Jaren Queja, 10; and 3rd place – Kian Esmeralda, 9. From Kapolei Middle School the winners are: 1st place — Andy Yu, 13; 2nd place — Chelsea Briggs, 13; and, 3rd place — Wynne Bruner, 13.

Each year ASSE receives close to 2,000 entries from around the world for the international poster contest. The awards are presented to the winners at the annual NAOSH ASSE kick-off events in Washington, D.C., to be held May 6 and 7th at the U.S. National Zoo, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. All ASSE members, their families, poster contest winners and participants and their families, along with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal officials also participate. For more information on the poster contest, NAOSH Week and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) please go to The poster contest is open to any child aged 5-14 sponsored by an ASSE member.

The ASSE Hawaii Chapter was founded in June of 1951 and has grown into a group of 201 safety professionals and safety practitioners who reside in Hawaii, and are dedicated to making Hawaii a safer place to work, live and play. This year is its 60th anniversary. Go to for more information.

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society. Its more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  For NAOSH tools and information please go to or contact


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