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Kids Break Out Crayons to Stress Safety at the Job Site

Tue March 18, 2008 - National Edition
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A 310-percent increase in the number of posters submitted from around the world highlights this year’s 6th annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) kids’ “Safety-on-the-Job” poster contest, which ended Feb. 14. The five winners of the contest for ASSE members’ children aged 5 to 14 are 5 to 6 age group: Victoria M. Benigno, 6, of Cherry Hill, N. J.; 7 to 8 age group: Tiffany Jade Heishman, 7, Strasburg, V.A.; 9 to 10 age group: Immanuel Adriana Rakshana, 10, Kuwait; 11 to 12 age group: Robin Newman, 11, Madison, Ala.; and in the 13 to 14 age group: Meghan Baker, 13, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada.

The winning posters best illustrate being “safe on the job” and will be featured in the 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster to be distributed worldwide.

NAOSH Week runs from May 4 to 10 when occupational safety, health and environmental professionals along with corporate, government and association partners mobilize and work to increase the public’s and business awareness of the positive benefits of workplace safety and illustrating how safety is good business.

Each year ASSE members, along with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), corporations and associations reach more than 150,000 businesses and millions of people on how they can prevent injuries and illness at work.

The first place poster contest winners in each age group receive a $1,000 savings bond, the second place winners receive a $500 savings bond and the third and fourth place winners receive a $200 savings bond. All entrants receive a prize and are invited, along with their families and all ASSE members, to attend the poster contest award ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol and the NAOSH kick-off in Washington, D.C., on May 5.

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin Foulke Jr., along with ASSE President Michael W. Thompson and the CSSE’s Secretary Andrew Cooper will introduce the poster contest winners at the national NAOSH kick-off at the U.S. Department of Labor in D.C. May 5, just prior to the ASSE U.S. Capitol awards event to be held in the Mansfield Room.

In addition, ASSE will host a special “Family Activity, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the National Gallery of Art” for poster contest entrants, winners, family members and ASSE members just after the U.S. Capitol event.

The posters also will be displayed at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition this June in Las Vegas.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, Ill.-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 31,000 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 and a full listing of the winners, visit

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