NASA, OSHA & American Society of Safety Engineers ‘Gulf Coast Chapter Launch Teen ‘Safety-on-the-Job Video Contest’
Houston, TX (December 4, 2006) — The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), NASA/Johnson Space Center, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Houston Offices announced today a new video contest for Houston area teens aimed at increasing awareness of being safe on the job for all ages. The contest runs through March 1, 2007.
The 2007 Teen ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest challenges high school students from across the greater Houston area to use their creativity in developing an original 30-second PSA illustrating to teens the need to recognize and follow safe work practices regardless of age and job. Entry is open to 9th through 12th grade students who attend school in any of the following counties in Texas: Austin, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Houston, Leon, Madison, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller and Washington. Any group, class, club, or student organization is encouraged to enter a video PSA product depicting the contest theme: Teen Safety-on-the-Job. All students must work as a team to develop the PSA and teams must be no more than five students and be supervised by an adult.
“Teens are highly motivated and energetic employees,” NASA/Johnson Space Center Chief, Safety & Test Operations David Loyd said in announcing the contest. “They contribute greatly to the businesses they work in and to the jobs they perform. However, teens have higher than average job-related injuries and deaths when compared to other age groups. Many times, the teen is unaware of safe work practices, personal protective equipment and that training is available when they take that first job. They need to be aware of this for their own safety.”
“This contest,” Chuck Williams, OSHA south Houston office area director, stated, “will help teens become familiar with workplace safety and health risks and help them understand what they can do to stay safe on the job. Often teens are unaware of their rights to a safe and healthy work environment as provided by law. This contest is intended to heighten the teen awareness of on-the-job safety concerns and call their peer group to action.”
The Teen Safety-on-the-Job PSA should illustrate safe work practices. Examples of this would be showing job sites where teens are employed such as grocery stores, restaurants, life guarding at a pool, working at a store, in a band, a theme park or a hospital, etc. The PSA may use any permitted scenario as long as it depicts the contest theme of Teen Safety-on-the-Job. Creativity is highly encouraged.
Winning student groups will be invited to participate in the May 6-12 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) events in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor and on Capitol Hill. They will also be celebrated at an event at the NASA/Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, May 9 for Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
All entries must be submitted by March 1, 2007 to the Teen Safety-on-the-Job PSA Video Contest, c/o Mark Briggs, OSHA, 17625 El Camino Real, Suite 400, Houston, TX, 77058. Three PSAs will be selected as winners – Grand, First and Second place winners –based on their persuasiveness, logical organization, clarity, quality, creativity and how well the product illustrates the contest theme. Winning teams will be contacted Monday, April 9, 2007.
The Grand prize team will receive $2,000 and $1,000 for their school; the First place prize team will receive $1,000 along with $500 for their school and the Second place team will receive $500 and their school will receive $250. In addition the teams will be honored nationally at ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and at the NASA/Johnson Space Center.
“As we continue to reach teenagers on the need to be safe at work,” ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter President Tara Falin said, “the numbers of those teens injured on the job will go down. Currently thousands are being injured and some killed from on-the-job injuries. These can be prevented.”
Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It’s more than 30,000 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.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.