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Strasburg, Virginia’s Heishman Wins Top Prize in 9th Annual ASSE Global Poster Contest

Posted in on Fri, Mar 11, 2011

Illustrating the importance of being safe at work, Tiffany Heishman, 10, of Strasburg, VA,  recently won first place in the 9th 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 a record-breaking 2,000 posters from 10 countries received for the contest, held during ASSE’s 100th anniversary celebration.  Winning posters were selected from five age groups and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH, May 1-7) 2011 poster, distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week and May 4 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) Day celebrations.

Tiffany’s poster, titled, ‘Safety Belts are Not Just for Cars! Always Use Safety Belts,’ won for best depicting “Safety on the Job.”  Tiffany enjoys bowling, 4-H and geocaching.  She attends Sandy Hook Elementary and was sponsored by ASSE member Charles Capitano.

In addition to winning the grand prize $5,000 savings bond and having her illustration featured on the NAOSH 2011 poster, Tiffany and all poster contest winners and entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 2011 kick-off events Monday, May 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art.   The kick-off events will look at work safety, past and present, in honor of the many milestones in work safety and health that have been accomplished during the last century.   ASSE, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the 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 1, at the U.S. National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for poster winners, participants, their families and ASSE members.  The winning posters and runners-up will be displayed during NAOSH Week in D.C. and also at ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) June 12-15, 2011, at Chicago’s McCormick Place for ASSE’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.

The ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest is for ASSE 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 about 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 (SH&E) professionals, preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.  Winning posters best illustrate being safe at work.  For more information about the poster contest, please visit

For NAOSH 2011 participation information and ideas for how you can get involved, please visit  To order a copy of the NAOSH 2011 poster, please contact ASSE at

Founded 100 years ago in New York City, following the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 women and men, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  Its more than 33,000 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 a full listing of the 20 poster contest winners and their posters, please go to and to and for more information.

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