DES PLAINES, IL - In its continuing efforts to educate youth on what it means to be safe at work and what occupational safety and health professionals do every day to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) launched its 8th annual kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest. The contest is open not only to ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but also to children and schools sponsored by ASSE members. The contest runs from September 19 through Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010, and is open to children aged 5 - 14 with top prizes to be awarded to those in each of the five age groups that best illustrate being safe on the job.
Additionally, the savings bond awards will be presented in ceremonies in Washington, D.C., during the 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week kick-off events at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian. Go to www.asse.org/naosh09 for highlights of last year's events and winners. Go to www.asse.org/newsroom for a copy of the contest rules and entry form.
ASSE members and chapters can also sponsor schools, community organizations or children from their workplace in the contest, which is aimed at educating children on the importance of safety and health at work and better acquainting them with the job their parents, friends, relatives, etc. do as occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners.
Children in five age groups -- 1) ages 5-6; 2) ages 7-8; 3) ages 9-10; 4) ages 11-12; and 5) ages 13-14, are invited to create and submit posters no larger than 11 x 14 that best illustrate being safe at work. The first place winner in each age group receives a $1,000 savings bond, the second place winner receives a $500 savings bond and the third and fourth place winners receive a $200 savings bond. All poster contest entrants receive recognition and are invited, along with their families, all ASSE members, partners, and federal officials to attend the ASSE poster contest awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 3, as well as a welcome brunch Sunday, May 2, at the U.S. National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
The poster contest winners will be announced the first week of March. The winning poster in each age group is featured on the ASSE NAOSH Week 2010 poster distributed worldwide. NAOSH Week runs from May 2-8, 2010, and is a tool ASSE uses to promote the importance of occupational safety, health and the environment in everyone's lives. In addition, the posters are displayed in Washington, D.C. during NAOSH Week at the DOL, the U.S. Capitol and at ASSE's annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Baltimore in June 2010.
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 more information check ASSE's website at www.asse.org or contact ASSE customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-699-2929.