Children help US agencies raise safety awareness

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently worked with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sponsor the 10th annual ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for kids, giving 5-14 year-olds the opportunity to show what they know about occupational health and safety.

In the contest, over 2,500 children from the United States and 14 other countries, entered their drawings for the chance to have them made into a poster. The 10th annual contest was held to raise awareness of occupational safety and what can be done to prevent injuries and illnesses at work. 

The five first place winners and 15 runners-up were honored in Washington, D.C. at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) kick-off events that took place on May 6-7, 2012.

One winner, Abigail Helser, an 11-year-old from Madison, Alabama, depicted a worker wearing a number of safety products, including a hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs and a high-visibility safety vest, with the caption "Safety Sam Wants YOU to be Safe too."

The program "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," ASSE stated.

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