ASSE Kicks Off Safety-on-the-Job Poster Contest

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is in search of young artists to help educate other children about the importance of workplace safety and health.

The association kicked off its third annual "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest for ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The contest runs through Feb. 14, 2005, and is broken down into four age categories.

The winning poster will best illustrate workplace safety and be featured on the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week poster distributed worldwide. NAOSH week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of workplace safety and preventing injuries, runs from May 1-7, 2005.

"Children are not aware of what their parents do when they go to work each day," ASSE President Gene Barfield, CSP, said. "This contest helps ASSE members' children understand how their parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, work day in and day out identifying hazards and implementing safety advances in all industries and at all workplaces to help the millions of people who go to work, return home safely every day. It's also a fun contest."

Also of major importance, Barfield added, "is the fact that children will soon be entering the workplace themselves. They need to be aware of what constitutes safety on the job for their own protection. You're never too young to learn."

The poster contest is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12. There are four age categories with a winner selected from each age group which include: 1) ages 5-6; 2) ages 7-8; 3) ages 9-10; and, 4) ages 11-12. An independent panel of judges will select the four winning entries that best illustrate the theme "Safety on the Job." Each age group winner receives a $1,000 savings bond. All entrants receive a prize.

For the rules and entry form, visit www.asse.org/naosh05. The winning entries will be announced in March 2005. Posters will also be displayed at ASSE's annual Professional

Development Conference & Exposition to be held in New Orleans June 12-15, 2005.

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