Kuwaiti Youth Win Top Prizes in 8th Annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ Global Poster Contest
Des Plaines, IL (March 25, 2010) — Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Kuwaiti youth won top prizes in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) 8th annual “Safety –on- the- Job” poster contest for children aged 5-14. The winning posters were selected from five age groups and first place posters are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 2-8) 2010 poster, distributed worldwide as part of the ASSE NAOSH Week and May 5 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day celebrations.
The Kuwait Chapter, chartered on February 16, 2002, had outstanding participation in this year’s NAOSH poster contest, with over 300 entries from youth ages 5-14. Fatima Parkar, age 12, won first place in the 11-12 age category for her poster, titled, ‘Distractions Lead to Accidents.” Nehal Jajal, age 13, won first place in the 13-14 age category for his poster, titled, ‘Stay Alert Near Moving Equipment.” Both winners attend Fahaheel Al Watania Indian Private School, Kuwait.
Second place winners include Ali Iqbal Khan, age 8, of Fahaheel Al Watania Indian Private School, in the 7-8 age category; Kanija Winslet Cotta, age 10, of Indian Public School, in the 9-10 age category; Vijay Anant, age 11, from Gulf Indian School, in the 11-12 age category; and Nilasis Bhattacharya, age 13, of Fahaheel Al Watania Indian Private School, in the 13-14 age category. P. Vaideki, age 8, of Fahaheel Al Watania Indian Private School, received third place in the 7-8 age category.
All poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2010 kick-off events Monday, May 3, 2010 in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Labor, the Smithsonian and during the ASSE recognition event at the U.S. Capitol. ASSE, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) officials and more than 60 OSHA Alliance Partner program members, representing more than 150,000 businesses, are participating. In addition, there will be a special brunch hosted by ASSE’s Region III on Sunday, May 2, at the U.S. National Zoo in Washington D.C. for poster winners, participants, their families and ASSE members. Lamar Outdoor Advertising has also donated billboard space to feature the winning ASSE posters and runners up in locations throughout the U.S.
The ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest is for members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as member-sponsored schools, company employees and organizations and is aimed at educating children at an early age on the importance of and how to be safe at work . In addition, participants learn more about what their parents and relatives do daily as safety, health and environmental professionals in preventing workplace injuries and illnesses. Winning posters best illustrate being safe at work. Posters will also be displayed during NAOSH Week in D.C. and at the June ASSE Safety 2010 conference in Baltimore.
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 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. For more information about the Kuwait Chapter please visit www.assekuwait.org .