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ASSE Urges Kids To Draw and Enter Its 10th Annual Poster Contest During Holidays

Posted in on Fri, Dec 2, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL (December 2, 2011) – With the holidays here, the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urge children aged 5-14 to take this time to draw and enter its 10th annual kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest. The prize for the winners in each of the five age groups is a $5,000 savings bond.  Any child aged 5-14 sponsored by an ASSE member can enter. The rules and entry form, in English and Spanish, are available at and the contest deadline is February 14, 2012.


The contest aims to teach children about the importance of being safe at work and what occupational safety, health and environmental professionals do every day to protect people, property and the environment.


The winning poster from each of the five age groups is also featured on the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster distributed worldwide. To view past NAOSH posters and slide show please go to and to  The five grand prize winners and 15 runners-up are recognized at the NAOSH kick-off events in Washington, D.C., in May. The posters that best illustrate ‘safety-on-the-job’ will win the contest. All contest participants, family, ASSE members and more are invited to attend the May 6 and 7 events in D.C. to be held at the National Zoo (sponsored by URS), the U.S. Department of Labor and more.


The contest is open not only to ASSE members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but also to children of ASSE co-workers, local schools, etc.  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 or contact ASSE’s Trinity Stachura at NAOSH Week runs from May 6-12, 2012, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is May 9, 2012.


Through this poster contest children help 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 in the U.S.


The poster contest winners will be announced the first week of March on the web site. In addition to being featured on the NAOSH poster, the posters are displayed in Washington, D.C., during NAOSH Week at the DOL, the U.S. Capitol, and at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition (Safety 2012) to be held in Denver this June.


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.  For more information go to or contact ASSE customer service at or 847-699-2929.
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Contact:  Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413,


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