For high school students across Oregon, now is the time to unpack their video equipment and rev up their creativity for a good cause – increasing awareness about workplace safety for young workers.
The annual “Speak up. Work safe.” video contest is open for submissions. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.
Students must create a video no longer than 90 seconds to inspire young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video must include the theme: “Speak up. Work safe.” The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Whether they sing, dance, use humor, or go documentary-style serious, participants are encouraged to tap their imaginations while emphasizing ways to protect themselves – and their co-workers – from getting hurt on the job.
Submissions will be judged on certain criteria, including:
- An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
- Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
- “Speak up. Work safe.” theme is used effectively
The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Videos can be submitted online or mailed.
Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event in spring 2020, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.
For contest information, including rules, tips, entry forms, workplace safety, and young worker resources, and a playlist of past finalist videos, go to https://youngemployeesafety.org/contest/.
The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theatre and Pub, and PNS-AIHA.
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.
The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.