Onancock, Virginia’s Helser Wins Prize in 8th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest
Des Plaines, IL (March 24, 2010) — Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Abigail Helser, age 9, of Onancock, VA, formerly of Portage, WI, recently won third place in the eighth annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 9-10 age category. 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.
Helser’s poster, titled ‘Safety is a Bright Idea…Think About It,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.” In addition to drawing, Helser enjoys reading, skiing, swimming and spending time with friends. She attends Accawmacke Elementary School. ASSE Professional Member Christopher J. Helser, a senior safety and health professional at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, sponsored Abigail.
In addition to winning a savings bond, Helser and 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 and to 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.