Des Plaines, IL -- In an ongoing effort to educate children on how workplace safety affects them and their families, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has kicked off its fifth annual ASSE kids' 'Safety-on-the-Job' poster contest. ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews can participate. The contest runs September 19, 2006 through February 14, 2007 and is broken down into five age categories.
The winning poster in each age group will best illustrate workplace safety and will be featured on the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster distributed worldwide. NAOSH Week, May 6 - 12, 2007, is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of workplace safety and preventing injuries. ASSE will also be celebrating Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day May 9, 2007.
"Children of ASSE members are not totally aware of how critical their parents' work is when it comes to saving lives and reducing injuries worldwide," ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., CSP, P.E., said. "This contest helps teach ASSE members' children just how their parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, work day in and day out to help the millions of people who go to work, return home safely every day. It is also educates them on workplace risks to take with them as they grow up and take that first job."
In addition to having the winning entries displayed on the NAOSH 2007 poster, entrants and their families will be recognized at the NAOSH 2007 national kick-off in Washington , D.C. , and displayed at ASSE's annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition to be held in Orlando June 24-27, 2007. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a NAOSH Week partner with ASSE, along with 30 other organizations and associations.
The poster contest is open to children between the ages of 5 and 14. There are five age categories with a winner selected from each age group: 1) ages 5-6; 2) ages 7-8; 3) ages 9-10; 4) ages 11-12, and 5) ages 13-14. An independent panel of judges will select the five winning entries that best illustrate the theme "Safety-on-the-Job." All entrants will receive a prize with the winner of each age group winning a $1,000 savings bond. Last year's winners were from California , Idaho , Illinois , North Carolina and Maryland .
For the ASSE kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest rules and entry form please go to the www.asse.org/naosh web site or contact firstname.lastname@example.org . The winning entries will be announced in March 2007.