Speak up. Work safe. video contest

Speak up. Work safe. is a video contest for Oregon high school students


We are looking for video entries from Oregon high school students that will inspire teens to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. Your video should inspire your friends – teens who are working (or who will be working) in many different types of jobs – about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. We want you to use the concept: “Speak up. Work safe. ”

Why are we focusing on speaking up? Because a VitalSmarts, Silent Danger study of more than 1,600 workers, managers, and safety directors found that 93 percent of employees say their workgroup is currently at risk from “accidents waiting to happen” because people are unwilling or believe they are unable to speak up about workplace dangers.

Cash Prizes

  • First prize: $500
  • Second prize: $400
  • Third prize: $300


We are looking for video entries that will inspire teens to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. Your video should inspire your friends – teens who are working (or who will be working) in many different types of jobs – about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. We want you to use the concept: “Speak up. Work safe.”

Here are some of the things you should speak up about:

  • When you see people doing something that could get them hurt.
  • When you don’t understand how to do a task.
  • When your boss asks you to do something that you don’t think is safe.
  • When you’re hurt or have an injury.
  • When you have had a “near miss” or a “close call.”
  • When your boss asks you to operate equipment or do a job that you haven’t been trained on or the law protects you from doing. See list of prohibited and hazardous occupations for those under 18.
  • When you see “an accident waiting to happen.”
  • When a friend or co-worker asks you to do something that you know you’re not supposed to do.

So, do you have to use the exact words above?

No. This is your video, but the message must incorporate the overall idea about the importance of speaking up to avoid getting hurt on the job.

Why are we focusing on speaking up?

Because a study of more than 1,600 workers, managers, and safety directors found that 93 percent of employees say their workgroup is currently at risk from “accidents waiting to happen” because people are unwilling or believe they are unable to speak up about workplace dangers.

Entry form and rules

Things to know:

The contest is closed for the 2015/2016 year

  1. Review the rules (PDF)
    This video contest is designed to increase teen on-the-job safety awareness using the overall theme “Speak up. Work safe.” Students are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative, while emphasizing ways to protect themselves (and their friends) at work. By entering this contest, entrants agree to abide by the rules.
  2. Fill out the entry form with your submission (PDF) All entries must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016.
  3. The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016.
  4. Any student between the ages of 14 and 18 who lives in Oregon can enter. (You can create a video yourself or make it with a group. If you’re taking video classes at school, talk to your teacher about getting the class involved.)

Mail entries to:

Oregon OSHA
Attn: Tawnya Swanson
PO Box 14480
Salem, OR 97309

Or hand deliver your entry to:

350 Winter Street, Room 430
Salem, OR 97301

For technical information about video production, contact:
Tawnya Swanson
Oregon OSHA
503.947.7386
Web.osha@oregon.gov

For general information about the contest, contact:
Chuck Easterly
SAIF Corporation
503.373.8834
chueas@saif.com

Resources

Videos from previous contests

Prior video contest finalists on YouTube

WorkSafe BC

Safety@Work Creative Awards

“Speak up. Work safe.” is a main theme of our contest.
Here are some reasons why speaking up is especially important.

Young workers:

  • Are more likely to perform a variety of tasks that they often aren’t trained to do;
  • Switch jobs more frequently than adults;
  • Want to prove they can handle tasks – even if they aren’t safe;
  • May not ask questions to avoid looking inexperienced, or because they feel intimidated;
  • Lack the years of work-related experience that adult workers have;
  • Receive training that is hard to relate to for their age or ability;
  • Are often left to work with little or no supervision;
  • Are still developing physically, so chemicals and repetitive motions can cause lasting harm:
  • Work for employers that are not always aware of child labor laws, including restrictions on working hours, conditions, and prohibited/hazardous
    occupations or operations intended to protect young people.

To help you find more information about safety in the workplace as well as specific info about younger workers, check-out some of these occupational safety and health websites:

Sponsored by:
Oregon high school student video contest sponsor logos

 

AGC Oregon Central Oregon Safety and Research Association AASE Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Hoffman Construction Company Liberty Mutual Insurance Northwest Northern Lights Theatre Pub SAIF Corporation ORegon OSHA Safebuild Alliance