For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
Idaho Teen Second Place Winner In Sixth Annual American Society of Safety Engineers International ‘Safety-On-The-Job’ Poster Contest
Lewiston, ID (March 14, 2008) — Illustrating how to be safe at work in a creative way, Samantha Opdahl-Hartwig, age 14, of Lewiston, ID recently won second place in the sixth annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest in the 13-14 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.

Opdahl-Hartwig’s poster, titled ‘Safety Man to the Rescue!’ won second place for best reflecting safety at work. Besides drawing, Opdahl-Hartwig likes drama, art and band. She attends Sacajawea Junior High School in Lewiston, ID. ASSE Professional Member Ella J. Iott of the ASSE Snake River Chapter sponsored Opdahl-Hartwig.

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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