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Record Numbers for NAOSH/OSHP Day, ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ 2009 Efforts

NAOSH Week (May 3-9, 2009)/OSHP Day (May 6, 2009) Events, Wrap-Up

The  annual ASSE ’ kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest, NAOSH Week (May 3-9, 2009) and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (May 6, 2009) were successes on all fronts in getting the word out about the importance of being safe at work and the SH&E profession due to the work of ASSE members, their children, families, employers, co-workers, state and city governments, corporations, partner organizations and the media. The following is an overview of the results and activities from 2009.

  • ROI - In addition to thousands of dollars of donated services by sponsors (such as Lamar Advertising Company, Baton Rouge, LA ; Turner Universal Corporation, NY, NY;  KL&P Motivation of San Carlos, CA, Genie Corporation, FabEnCo, Inc. of Houston, TX; Genie Industries, in Moses Lake, WA), ASSE members, families, friends, co-workers and partner employees donated about 1.4 million hours of their time  dedicated to NAOSH/OSHP, which included activities related to the 7th annual ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest that began in September, to garnering 37 state and city NAOSH/OSHP proclamations and much more. ASSE members also exceeded the number of city and state proclamations garnered by 10 percent from the year before. The Red Cross donated an all-day workplace safety and disaster preparedness web-expo on OSHP Day available for free for all ASSE members.
  • ASSE and Lamar Outdoor Advertising partnered to place winning posters in support of worker safety on local billboards during NAOSH Week, some staying up for over one month. Lamar donated the billboard space which featured winners of the ASSE Kids' 'Safety-on-the-Job' poster contest in the winners' hometowns. Here are a few of the billboards:
Ivy Barker • Warm Springs, Virginia Caylin Wigger • Chandler, Indiana
Taylin Crosen • Winchester, Virginia Robin Newman • Madison, Alabama

ADDITIONAL RESULTS -- Despite the economy, a flu scare and bad weather, a record number (about 100) of children, parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles and ASSE members attended the May 3 and 4 events paying their own way from California, Texas, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, Florida. ASSE salutes those families, children and ASSE members and supporters who helped make this happen.  Many chapters and companies donated funds to the families for their travel.

  • ASSE was represented at the Science Fair at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for youth May 3 to discuss the SH&E profession reaching about 2,000 children and their parents with information and the profession and ASSE. We were invited back in the fall of 2009 for another student career fair for more than 2,000 children and teachers.
  • The ASSE Oklahoma City Chapter sponsored two billboards in Oklahoma City to promote NAOSH Week 2009.

2009 'Safety-on-the-Job' Poster Contest Winners

ASSE Congratulates Caylin Wigger, Abigail Helser, Taylor Visker, Hayley Lemens and Amanda Carr For Winning First Place in the 7th Annual ASSE Kids' 'Safety-on-the-Job' Poster Contest and Salutes the 15 Other Winners and Hundreds More For Submitting Creative Posters From Around the World

Central Florida Chapter members holding NAOSH 2009 posters in front of the DBI/Sala fall protection truck at their May 2009 chapter meeting.Carley Jarman, 3rd Place Winner in the Age 7-8 group received a certificate of recognition from Texas Governor Rick Perry in honor of her winning poster.

Event Round-Up -- A List of Some of the NAOSH Week/OSHP Day Events for 2009

National Kick-Off in Washington, D.C.

The national kick-off for North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week was held Monday, May 4th at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. with an ASSE awards ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building. Attendees and participants had access to tours of the Capitol immediately following the event on Capitol Hill. The event promotes safe and healthy workplaces, emphasizing that safety means always coming home. Keynote presentations were given by OSHA personnel and Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, President of The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).  In addition, the winners of ASSE's 7th annual "Safety-on-the-Job" Kids' Poster Contest were announced and OSHA, ASSE, and the OSHA alliance partners distributed safety and health materials to the event’s attendees.

ASSE was host to a reception in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol through the efforts of Illinois Senator Richard Durbin.  ASSE President Brown presented the poster contest entrants with their awards. The poster contest winners and their families, members of ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), OSHA, the Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet), Alliance Program participants and others were invited to attend the reception. ASSE President Warren Brown briefly discussed the value of safety in the workplace.

ASSE’s Region III was host to a Welcome Brunch for the “Safety-on-the-Job” Kids’ Poster Contest winners and their families on Sunday, May 3rd at the National Zoo from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

During NAOSH Week thousands mobilized worldwide to reach out on the importance of “safety means always coming home” for the millions of people who return home to their families at the end of the work day.
The OSHA Alliance Program partners (listed at www.asse.org/naosh09) had again gone above and beyond in spreading the word about increasing workplace safety to more than 150,000 businesses and millions of employees worldwide through their web sites, communications, company publications and much more. There are more than 50 Alliance partners who supported NAOSH Week 2009 – we applaud you and the OSHA Alliance Program!

National Events

  • To support the NAOSH Week theme, Safety Means Always Coming Home, the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross worked together to develop a workplace-oriented preparedness Web Expo – a day-long “virtual trade show” that included live Webcasts (presentations) and virtual booths where participants asked questions and downloaded information. A Web Expo is an ideal way to expand disaster academy-type information currently offered by some American Red Cross chapters, enhancing it to cover such topics as injury prevention, pandemic flu and business continuity/emergency operations planning.
    • The Web Expo occurred Wednesday, May 6, 2009 – Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP). The American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross shared co-hosting responsibilities.
    • The proposed Web Expo theme was Emergency Preparedness: Safe at Work, Safe at Home. It was designed to complement the theme of NAOSH Week and to reflect the encompassing nature of disasters situations, emphasizing how individuals are affected both at work and at home and why workplace emergency preparedness must extend to employees’ families as well.
  • LAMAR Billboards donated billboards countrywide to display NAOSH Week information and the NAOSH Week poster.
  • Ford Motor Company posted the posters and distributed NAOSH/ASSE brochures and information at 80 of their plants/facilities countrywide for NAOSH.
California
  • ASSE member Lori Elder, with the Valley Coastal Chapter, met with Brownie Troop #61022 in Newbury Park, CA where she presented them with her own “Safety Suitcase”. She packed it with a variety of personal protective equipment and used the Society’s NAOSH presentation to present a history of ASSE and safety.  They learned about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire and connected with the many girls who lost their lives in 1911. Each participant who answered a question was given the opportunity to wear a piece of equipment.  From hard hats to boots, ear plugs to safety goggles and everything in between! The presentation was rounded out with a discussion of the NAOSH Safety Poster Contest and the distribution of entry forms and poster materials. The girls had a lot of fun, and their parents were impressed with the information contained in Lori’s presentation.
Connecticut
  • Thanks to the efforts of the Nutmeg Chapter of ASSE, Governor Jodi Rell, governor of Connecticut, issued a proclamation naming May 3-9, 2009 as NAOSH Week and May 6 as OSHP Day.
Delaware
  • The Delmarva Chapter sent NAOSH letters to the editor to local papers in the Maryland/Delaware area about work safety. The letters were published.
District of Columbia
  • In a proclamation the Mayor declared May 3-9, 2009 as NAOSH Week and May 6 as OSHP Day.
  • In coordination with NAOSH Week, May 3 - 8 2009, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) sent daily e-mails to all personnel.  These e-mails contained a brief safety discussion topic that included a copy of one of the posters from ASSE’s “Safety on the Job” poster contest and a safety statement related to AOC and the work they do.  They are encouraging their supervisors to use each of these messages as their Safety Tool Box Talk each day.  Employees are also encouraged to read each message and to consider if and how it affects their work.  Employees were asked to look for the first e-mail message regarding Fall Protection on Monday, May 4, 2009. During NAOSH Week, employees were encouraged to set aside time each day to discuss safety and share best practices, and to continue to make safety their top priority.
Florida
  • Due to the efforts of the ASSE Central Florida Chapter, Mayor David J. Mealor of Lake Mary, Florida issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • The ASSE West Florida Chapter held a Building Solid EH&S Skills - Professional Development Conference on May 7, 2009.  It was a one day conference held during NAOSH week to provide education to members and other safety professionals in West Central Florida.  NAOSH materials were provided to participants in the vendor area. The conference was held at the University of South Florida - College of Public Health, Tampa, FL.
  • On May 7, 2009, Walt Disney World Resorts honored its Occupational Safety and Health Professionals with a breakfast and notes of gratitude from the Chief Safety Officer. Walt Disney World Resorts also distributed and posted hundreds of NAOSH week posters company-wide reaching more than 55,000 Cast Members.
  • The Central Florida Chapter distributed hundreds of NAOSH week posters to their members at the April and May 2009 Chapter meetings. The May 2009 Chapter Meeting included a technical presentation and demonstration by DBI Sala to provide members with invaluable information on fall protection and incident prevention.
  • Due to the efforts of the Central Florida Chapter, the Polk County Board of Commissioners in Bartow, Florida issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • Due to the efforts of the Central Florida Chapter Mayor Donna Hart of St. Cloud, Florida issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • Due to the efforts of the Central Florida Chapter Chairman Bob Dallari of Board of County Commissioners in Seminole County, Florida issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • Due to the efforts of the Central Florida Chapter Mayor Douglas T. Kinson of Maitland, Florida issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • Due to the efforts of the Central Florida Chapter Mayor David C. Strong of Winter Park, Florida issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • Due to the efforts of the Central Florida Chapter the Lake County, Florida County Commission issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
Georgia
  • The Georgia chapter worked with the local OSHA office and held a safety day.
Hawaii
  • The ASSE Hawaii Chapter, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), and the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) sponsored a one-day safety workshop on May 20, 2009 at Hale Ikena Fort Shafter. 
  • Thanks to the ASSE Hawaii Chapter, the Mayor on Maui agreed to proclaim NAOSH Week and OSHP Day.  The chapter made plans for a signing to take place on Maui. 
Illinois
  • Chicago Mayor Richard Daley proclaimed May 3-9, 2009 NAOSH Week and May 6 OSHP Day in his proclamation.
Indiana
  • The Indiana Chapter held a safety program and also honored Caylin Wigger for winning first place in the ASSE poster contest.
Louisiana
  • Lance Roux, President of the ASSE Greater Baton Rouge Chapter was interviewed on the “Around the Town” television show in Baton Rouge on April 30th. He talked about NAOSH week, occupational safety and health profession and more.
  • Donald Jones, P.E., CSP, ASSE past president, provided occupational safety and health information to his community at local meetings and distributed the NAOSH poster locally.
Maryland
  • The ASSE Chesapeake Chapter and ASSE National Capital Chapter (NCC) hosted a joint golf outing (“Playing for the Future”) to benefit safety and health education, on May 5, 2009, the day after the NAOSH kick-off event. The event took place at the Patuxent Greens Country Club in Laurel, Maryland.  The proceeds go towards funding scholarships for students pursuing degrees in occupational safety, health and the environment.  
  •  The Governor of Maryland declared NAOSH week May 3-9 in their May 4 proclamation signed by Governor Martin O’Malley, the Lt. Governor and the Secretary of State
Michigan
  • Ford Motor Company (US and Canada) held a conference in Michigan with participants from all of their US Operations in attendance. They intend to provide promotional safety materials to all of their locations, including instructions on how they could tailor their local campaign efforts based on the informational kit provided (every location will have the flexibility to coordinate based on local resources, needs, etc...). They also provided safety materials to their Canadian plants through their central WHQ operations.
Missouri
  • The ASSE St. Louis Chapter distributed NAOSH posters and urged local school students to participate in the annual ASSE kids’ safety poster contest
Nevada
  • Reid Gardner Station located in Moapa, Nevada, promoted NAOSH Week from May 3-9, 2009.
New Hampshire
  • Thanks to assistance from the ASSE Granite State Chapter, Governor John Lynch, the Governor of New Hampshire, issued a proclamation recognizing NAOSH Week 2009 and Occupational Safety & Health Professional Day in NH.
New Jersey
  • More than 250 ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest submissions sponsored by the chapter members were submitted from NJ.  ASSE member Eric Voight of New Jersey and his family joined several students from their sons’ school to again attend and participate in the NAOSH kick-off events in D.C.
New York
  • The Carr family of about 20, including Amanda Carr who won first place in the poster contest, attended the NAOSH kick-off events in D.C. Amanda’s grandfather is long-time ASSE member Samuel Cahan of the San Diego chapter.
North Carolina
  • The local health provider not only distributed NAOSH posters but also brochures on the SH&E profession and teen safety bookmarks to patients and in their community.
Ohio
  • Thanks to the ASSE Kitty Hawk Chapter and PotashCorp, a Safety Fair 2009 was held on May 4, 2009 in Lima, Ohio. Vendors were onsite along with demonstrations by vendors and local emergency services.
Oklahoma
  • The ASSE Oklahoma City Chapter displayed two billboards in support of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week during NAOSH Week and up to three months, courtesy of Lamar Billboards. In addition, the chapter submitted a NAOSH Week proclamation to the Oklahoma City Governor to name May 3 – 9, 2009 as NAOSH Week. The Oklahoma City Chapter also encouraged other local chapters and cities to do the same.
  • Thanks to the Oklahoma City ASSE Chapter, Mayor John Criner of Enid, Oklahoma issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week.
Oregon
  • Thanks to the efforts of ASSE’s Columbia-Willamette Chapter the Mayor Janet Taylor of Salem, Oregon issued a proclamation naming the week of May 3-9, 2009 as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and May 6, 2009 as Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • Bob Adams of the Oregon State Correctional Department sponsored 100 poster entries.
Texas
  • ASSE Region III again sponsored the NAOSH kick-off brunch at the National Zoo.
  • The ASSE Austin Chapter had its annual SH&E awards luncheon and recognition ceremony.
  • Governor Rick Perry recognized in an official recognition Carley Jarman of San Antonio for winning 3rd place in the poster contest.
  • A digital Lamar billboard featuring Jarman’s poster was up for a month in San Antonio.

Virginia
  • The local chapter sponsored and helped pay the way for 10 year-old Ivy Barker and her family to attend the NAOSH kick-off events in D.C. May 3 & 4. Barker is from Warm Springs, VA, where her poster was featured on a Lamar billboard for a month.
  • The 14th Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference was held June 2-5, 2009 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke Virginia.  Each year the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry sponsors the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference (VOSH) to help educate employers and employees in developing safe and healthy work environments and to provide affordable safety and health training opportunities to employers, employees and safety and health professionals.
Washington –
  • The employees of the Moses Lake Genie Industries company raised funds to send two ASSE poster contest winners and their fathers to Washington, D.C., for the NAOSH kick-off events May 3 & 4. Wes Watkins again sponsored the posters of the employees’ children. 
Wisconsin
  • Former ASSE President Jack Dobson, CSP, of Liberty Mutual is helped spread the word about workplace safety throughout the UPS facilities in Wisconsin by sending them a personal note asking them to join in celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2009, May 3-9 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, May 6, 2009. He also included information about ASSE regarding the celebration.

International Events

  • To support the NAOSH Week theme, Safety Means always Coming Home, ASSE, the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross worked together to develop a workplace-oriented preparedness Web Expo – a day-long “virtual trade show” that included live Webcasts (presentations) and virtual booths where participants could ask questions and download information. A Web Expo is an ideal way to expand disaster academy-type information currently offered by some American Red Cross chapters, enhancing it to cover such topics as injury prevention, pandemic flu and business continuity/emergency operations planning.
  • Ford Motor Company provided safety materials and posters to their Canadian plants through their central WHQ operations.
Kuwait
  • ASSE Kuwait Chapter sponsored more than 100 poster contest participants for the “Safety-on-the-Job” poster contest as a part of NAOSH Week.  Mo Ishan Iqbal, 13, Kuwait; won second place in the 13-14 age group for his poster titled “Safety Blooms/Withers”. Immanuel Adriana Rakshana, 11, Shuaiba, Kuwait won third place in the 11-12 age group for his poster titled “Climb the ladder of safety for a joyous homecoming every day”

OSHP DAY EFFORTS --

About Occupational Safety & Health Professional Day - May 6, 2009

Occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work day in and day out to make sure millions of people worldwide continue to go to and return home from work every day.

To recognize and celebrate their ongoing commitment to protecting people, property and the environment the American Society of Safety Engineers' board approved the creation of Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) in March of 2006 to be held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) on that Wednesday. This year NAOSH Week runs from May 3 – 9 and OSHP Day is on May 6, 2009.

The purpose of this day is to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment.

National Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the profession, a profession where one is qualified by education, training and experience and where one identifies hazards and develops appropriate controls for these hazards all aimed at preventing occupational injury, illness and property damage. The safety and health professional follows a Code of Professional Conduct and brings to bear technical knowledge, skills and expertise along with management abilities developed through years of continued education and practical experience. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. today in what has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career fields.

“We take time this May 6th to say thanks to these remarkable men and women, who every day work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” ASSE President Warren Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, notes. “Safety and health professionals recognize, create and promote safety processes to be utilized by our employers that help assure your family members come home safely each day. Let’s continue to work with occupational safety and health professionals to make sure you and your family never have to deal with the loss or injury of a loved one.”
“If you know an occupational safety and health professional, please take the time to thank them on this day,” Brown said.