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Hoping to Prevent Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Through Education, ASSE Kicks off its 9th Annual Kids’ Safety-on-the-Job Poster Contest

Posted in on Fri, Sep 17, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (September 17, 2010) — Today, 12 people a day die from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. The number should be zero according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The occupational safety, health and environmental professional members of the ASSE work day in and day out to prevent work injuries and illnesses for the more than 300 million people that go to work each day. The 9th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest for kids aged 5-14 is one way ASSE and its members work to educate the public on how to be safe at work and why. The contest kicks off Sunday, September 19, and runs through Valentine’s Day, 2011, February 14.

The contest is open not only to ASSE members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but also to children of ASSE member co-workers and schools sponsored by ASSE members. To enter, a child must be sponsored by an ASSE member. To find a local chapter go to www.asse.org. Top prizes, savings bonds, will be awarded to those in each of the five age groups that best illustrate being safe on the job.

In each age group there are first, second, third and fourth place winners. The first place winners will be featured on the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster distributed to hundreds of thousands of businesses and people worldwide all aimed at raising awareness on how to be safe at work.

Not only do all poster contestants receive a prize, but they and their family along with all ASSE members, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) staff and Alliance partners, regulators and legislators, are invited to attend the annual NAOSH kick-off and poster contest awards events in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, 2011. Those events will be held at the U.S. Capitol, the National Gallery of Art and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). NAOSH Week 2011 runs from May 1-7 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is on May 4, 2011. The theme for NAOSH Week is ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’. Please go to www.asse.org/naosh10 for highlights of last year’s events and winners and to www.asse.org/newsroom to the ‘9th annual poster contest link’ for a copy of the contest rules and entry form.

Last May, ASSE President Darryl C. Hill’s, Ph.D., CSP, company ABB, Inc., sponsored Iron Man and Spiderman at each of the NAOSH events where they discussed superhero workplace safety secrets.

ASSE members and chapters can sponsor schools, community organizations or children from their workplace in the contest, which is aimed at educating children on the importance of safety and health at work and better acquainting them with the job their parents, friends, relatives, etc. do as occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners.

Children in five age groups — 1) ages 5-6; 2) ages 7-8; 3) ages 9-10; 4) ages 11-12; and 5) ages 13-14, are invited to create and submit posters no larger than 11 x 14 that best illustrate being safe at work. The first place winner in each age group receives a $1,000 savings bond, the second place winner receives a $500 savings bond and the third and fourth place winners receive a $200 savings bond.

The poster contest winners will be announced the first week of March. 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 and 100th anniversary birthday party June 2011 in Chicago. Also, Lamar Advertising each year donates billboards featuring the local winning posters in their hometowns. This is not only for the winners, but the runners-up as well.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 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 check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org/naosh or contact ASSE customer service at customerservice@asse.org or 847-699-2929.



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