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Deadline Looming for ASSE’s Kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ Poster Contest Entrants

Posted in , on Fri, Jan 13, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (January 13, 2012) –With the deadline near, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) is urging children to get their entries in now for the 10th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest. The deadline is this February 14. The contest for children aged 5-14 aims to teach children about the importance of being safe at work and what occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals do to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. ASSE is the oldest safety society with more than 34,000 SH&E professional members.

The contest winners in the five age groups will each receive a $5,000 savings bond for their poster that best illustrates being safe at work. The contest is open not only to ASSE members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but also to children of ASSE co-workers. ASSE members can also sponsor schools. To enter, a child must be sponsored by an ASSE member.  Those seeking an ASSE member to request sponsorship can check with their local ASSE chapter which can be found at www.asse.org/membership/findachapter.php or contact pr@asse.org.

The winning posters will not only be featured on the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster distributed worldwide, but are recognized, along with all poster participants, at the NAOSH kick-off events in Washington, D.C., in May. The posters will also be displayed in D.C. and at the annual ASSE international Professional Development Conference and Exposition to be held in Denver in June. NAOSH Week runs from May 6-12, 2012, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is May 9, 2012.

All poster contest winners, contestants and their families along with ASSE members, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) staff and Alliance partners, regulators and legislators, attend the annual NAOSH kick-off and poster contest awards events in Washington, D.C. Events are scheduled to be held May 6 and 7 at the National Gallery of Art, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the National Zoo and more.  Other events are held by ASSE members around the globe.

This contest helps spread the word about the importance of being safe at work not only for the worker, but for their families and friends as well. Today, 12 people a day die from on-the-job injuries in the U.S.  Recent federal statistics show that in 2010 4,547 workers died from on-the-job injuries and millions more suffered injuries and illnesses. Current statistics show that transportation-related fatalities continue to be the number cause of on-the-job deaths; fatal workplace injuries among police officers increased by 40 percent; private mining industry fatalities increased by 74 percent; work-related fatalities resulting from fire more than doubled; workplace homicides declined by seven percent, but workplace homicides involving women increased by 13 percent; workplace suicides declined slightly from a high of 263 in 2009 to 258 in 2010, the third highest annual total since the census report began; 27 states and Washington, D.C., reported higher numbers of fatal work injuries in 2010 than in 2009, 23 states reported lower numbers; and, the largest number of fatalities was in the 45-54 age group  followed by those 55-64, 35-44, and  25-34.

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.  The rules and entry form are at www.asse.org/naosh or contact ASSE at customerservice@asse.org or 847-699-2929.
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