Young Worker Video Contest

Ready for those flashing lights? Well, you better be because it’s that time of the year for Young Worker Video Contest, hosted by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition ( O[yes]).

Oregon high school students are invited to create a 45 second public service announcement that educates other young workers about how to stay safe in the workplace. The overall theme of the video is “Save a Friend. Work Safe”, and should also incorporate how important it is to “Speak Up” in order to protect the health of one’s self and others.

Contest rules, judging criteria, entry forms, resources, and other general information can be viewed on their contest page. Students are encouraged to create a slogan, put on their creative hats, and most importantly, have fun!

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2012. The top three winners will receive cash prizes ($300-$500), and winning schools will receive a matching donation. Winners will be notified in April 2012, and will have their video posted on Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division and distributed to public media. Good luck and get those cameras rolling soon!

Sponsors of this contest are the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition, American Society of Safety Engineers, Oregon Health and Science University, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Liberty Northwest, Greater Portland Construction Partnership, SAIF Corporation, and Oregon OSHA.

The American Red Cross is also committed to safety in the workplace, as there are many classes and seminars offered geared towards the health and safety of employees. Here you can find information about the kind of preparedness training offered and how to contact your local Red Cross chapter if you are interested in the programs. Youth programs are also offered, and are geared towards emergency preparedness, Basic First Aid, and Babysitter’s Training.

Photo Courtesy of Greater Akron Homes