For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org
ASSE Kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" Poster Contest Wins National Recognition
Des Plaines, IL (January 10, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) annual Kid's "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest was named to the 2008 Associations Advance American Honor Roll recently as part of a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and The Center for Leadership, both based in Washington, D.C.

The ASSE "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest is open to ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews aged 5 – 14. It began six years ago as a way to reach out to children on the importance of being safe at work. By educating children early on about this important topic helps them in the future when they take that first part-time job or even full-time job when they are older. The contest is also an opportunity for the children to learn more about what their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles do every day as occupational safety, health and environmental professionals – how they work day in and day out to make sure the millions of people who go to work each day worldwide return home safely to their families. The winning posters best illustrate 'being safe on the job.'

"ASSE's program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society," Associations Advance America Committee Chair Matthew D'Uva, CAE, president of SOCAP International, said. "This program is a great example of the vital role associations play in improving the quality of life in communities across the country."

Savings bonds are given to the winners and all participants are invited to attend the annual awards ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., held in concert with the national kick-off of the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH). This follows events at the U.S. Department of Labor and this year also at the National Gallery of Art. The winning posters in each of the five age categories are also featured on the NAOSH poster which is distributed worldwide.

Now in its 18th year, according to ASAE, the Associations Advance America Awards are aimed at recognizing associations that propel America forward--with innovative projects in skills training and development; ethical, technical or professional standards; economic development; business and social innovation; information and knowledge creation; public education and information; civic and community volunteer activities; and citizenship and democracy enhancement.

ASAE is an individual membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies, and voluntary organizations across the U.S. and in 50 countries around the globe. The Center for Association Leadership is the premier provider of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association profession.

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. For more information on the poster contest please go to www.asse.org/newsroom or www.asse.org/naosh08 or on ASAE go to www.asaecenter.org.
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