Florida Safety Engineers Garner First NAOSH Proclamations, Celebrate Local Winner in International Safety Poster Contest
Des Plaines, IL (March 10, 2010) — As North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) rapidly approaches, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members and safety professionals are actively seeking support for the event. Florida ASSE members and their chapters are leading the way, garnering support for NAOSH from local officials. ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter has procured proclamations from Mayor Karen LeHeup-Smith of the City of Eustis, Mayor Richard Crotty of Orange County, Mayor Patricia Bates of Alamonte Springs, Mayor David Mealor of the City of Lake Mary, Mayor John Maingot of the City of Longwood, Mayor William Brooks of the City of Belle Isle and Mayor Charlene Glancy of the City of Casselberry. Proclamations designate May 2-8, 2010 as NAOSH Week and urge people to promote awareness of the importance of being safe at work. Proclamations stress the importance of NAOSH Week for individual communities and regions, as well as nationally.
The Florida members are also celebrating six year-old Anna Ball of Palm Coast, FL, who received first in the 8th annual ASSE kids’ international ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest. Her poster, one that best illustrates being safe at work, won out of 850 posters from 34 states and six countries. The contest is open to children aged 5-14 and broken down into five age groups. The winning posters are featured on the NAOSH 2010 poster and are distributed worldwide.
With 99 years of history and over 32,000 members, ASSE and 55 partner organizations, such as the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are committed to raising awareness for workplace safety by supporting NAOSH Week. This year, the focus is “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces.” During NAOSH Week, ASSE will hold events throughout North America, including kick-off events Monday, May 3, 2010 at the United States Capitol, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. with its partners, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).
NAOSH occurs annually during the first week in May and is designed to promote workplace safety and health, as well as provide professionals with the tools they need to successfully promote safety in their organizations. Nearly 6,000 people died from job –related injuries in the United States in 2008 and 4.4 million more suffered non-fatal injuries and illnesses. In addition, businesses have spent approximately $170 billion dollars per year on costs associated with occupational injuries, health care and illnesses. Wednesday of NAOSH Week is designated as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP). This day has been established within NAOSH Week to honor occupational safety, health and environmental professionals who dedicate their lives to protecting people, property and the environment.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org/newsroom.