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ASSE poster contest fosters occupational safety awareness at a young age

May 16, 2012
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A winning poster by Abigail Helser, 11, of Madison, AL.
winning poster in ASSE contest

The poster contest recently held by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) gave kids aged 5-14 the opportunity to demonstrate their awareness of occupational health and safety.

Nearly 40 children from Hawaii, Florida, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Georgia, W. Virginia, Virginia, and other states — winners and entrants in ASSE’s 10th annual’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for kids aged 5-14–gathered in Washington, D.C. earlier this month as part of the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) program of events.

The young artists were guests of ASSE at events sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor .

NAOSH is a joint collaboration between ASSE, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), OSHA and 45 other organizations representing all industries with operations located around the world to put the spotlight on prevention, sharing best practices and education all aimed at saving lives and reducing workplace injuries and illnesses.

The poster contest “teaches children about the importance of being safe at work and educates them on what occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals do at work to protect people, property and the environment,” according to the ASSE.

Children have illustrated the dangers of driving while distracted, not wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), farm safety, small business safety and lemonade stand safety as part of the poster contest.

Through NAOSH Week, the participating organizations offer free resources and information to help prevent on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

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