For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
National Events Under Way for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
Des Plaines, IL (May 7, 2007) — As we head into North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week this May 6 – 12, American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) members, individuals, companies and organizations across the country are rallying to spread the word about safety in the workplace. This year’s theme for NAOSH Week is all modes of transportation safety.
The national kick-off event for NAOSH Week, sponsored by ASSE, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and OSHA alliance program partners, will be held Monday, May 7 at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. in the morning and an ASSE awards ceremony to follow in the U.S. Capitol. The event will promote safe and healthy workplaces involving all modes of transportation with keynote presentations to be given by Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health and Donald Jones Sr., CSP, P.E., ASSE president.
Prior to the national kick-off event, ASSE’s Region III will host a Welcome Brunch for the ASSE “Safety-on-the-Job” Kids’ Poster Contest winners and their families on Sunday, May 6. Thirty children from 13 states, Kuwait and Oman will be attending the events in D.C. Construction Safety & Health, Inc. (CSHI), a non-profit organization based in Austin, TX, donated funds toward the ASSE Region III Brunch.
Also during NAOSH Week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will have safety displays at its headquarters in Washington D.C. and will distribute safety information, NAOSH posters, brochures, etc.
On May 10, ASSE members in Union City, CA, will host Kerry Safety & Health Day. At this event employees will be given two hours of motivational safety training and family health information.
Also to help raise safety and health awareness, Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) in California will host an USH Safety, Health and Environment Awareness Event on May 3 – 5, 2007. This is an employee awareness event featuring shoes for crews safety shoes and emergency preparedness suppliers to promote health and safety awareness related to walking working surfaces and emergency preparedness in earthquake country.
Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida will display the ASSE “Safety-on-the-Job” poster backstage for cast members in honor of NAOSH Week and have distributed a NAOSH specific safety communication to all employers.
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) distributed NAOSH Week posters to all of their manufacturing members in late March. PMA also promoted NAOSH Week in their monthly Update newsletter (circulation: 1800) and MetalForming magazine (circulation: 60,000). The Shipbuilders Association distributed NAOSH posters at a national employee meeting in New Orleans with an emphasis on safe programs.
The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) in Overland Lakes, KS, will distribute NAOSH Week posters to its list of the “Top 10” users of Safety and Pollution Prevention (S/P2) among schools in two national automotive educational initiatives: the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) and General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP). Each program includes 80 colleges and universities in North America.
ASSE South Carolina Chapter in Columbia, SC, will host “Live with Lucas,” a morning segment of the local NBC affiliate. The coverage will focus on NAOSH Week. The South Carolina Chapter and the National Safety Council (NSC) will also cover safety for young people and teens. In Florence, SC, there will be a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Fair held on Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day on May 9, 2007, which is a part of NAOSH Week. During this event GE Healthcare will present, “What would happen if GE Healthcare, Florence, shut down for the day?” The event will provide both learning and leadership opportunities.
In Norfolk, Virginia, VIRTEXCO will give payroll inserts as well as sponsor its own “Safety-on-the-Job” kids’ poster contest for children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of VIRTEXCO employees to recognize NAOSH Week and as a tribute to the importance of safety, health and the environment to its employees.
Other activities/events in support of NAOSH Week include: the ASSE New Jersey Chapter will distribute information to the media regarding traffic safety and develop state-specific traffic statistics that will be posted on their website; Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico will distribute NAOSH Week information by e-mail as well as the base’s cable channel and newspaper to increase awareness throughout the base community; the ASSE Central Ohio Chapter gathered donations from all of the ASSE Chapters in Ohio to help a NAOSH poster contest winner and family attend the NAOSH kick-off event in D.C.; the ASSE New York City-based Metropolitan Chapter will host a networking event and elections on OSHP Day, May 9; and the state of Oregon declared May 9, 2007, as the Fifth-annual Safety Break for Oregon Day – a time for Oregon employers to talk to workers about workplace motor vehicle safety.
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 30,000 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 complete list of events and to participate check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org/naosh07.
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