For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
Hawaii Kid Second Place Winner In Sixth Annual American Society of Safety Engineers International ‘Safety-On-The-Job’ Poster Contest
Wahiawa, HI (March 14, 2008) — Illustrating how to be safe at work in a creative way, JordiKai Inouye, age 10, of Wahiawa, HI recently won second place in the sixth annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest in the 9-10 age category. The winning posters were selected from five age groups aged 5-14 and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) 2008 poster distributed worldwide as part of the May 4-10, 2008 NAOSH Week and May 7 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.

The ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest is for members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as member-sponsored schools and organizations, aged 5-14 and is aimed at educating children at an early age on the importance of and how to be safe at work. Winning posters best illustrate workplace safety. In addition to winning a savings bond and being featured on the NAOSH 08 poster, the poster contest winners, runners-up and all entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 08 national kick-off events Monday, May 5 in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Labor and in the U.S. Capitol. In addition, this year there will be a special two-hour family activity held at the National Gallery of Art, along with a behind-the-scenes tour. ASSE, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) officials and OSHA Alliance members representing more than 134,000 businesses will participate.

Inouye’s poster, titled ‘Personal Protective Equipment,’ won second place for best reflecting safety at work. Besides drawing, Inouye plays on the basketball team at Holy Family Catholic Academy (HFCA), dances Hula, and is taking a cartooning class at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Her favorite class in school is visual arts. Her parents Brian and Jolene Inouye said that she loves making new friends, especially with new students. She is an honor roll student at HFCA and has recently attended a People to People Leadership Summit at Stanford. She also wants to learn Japanese because she wants to visit Japan. She has also studied piano, ballet, jazz, tap, and vocals in the past. Inouye attends HFCA in Honolulu, HI. ASSE Professional Member Thomas A. Garbarino of the ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter in Nashville, TN, sponsored Inouye.

For NAOSH 08 participation information and the poster please go to www.asse.org/naosh08. To order a copy of the NAOSH 08 poster contact ASSE at customerservice@asse.org.

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