Speak up. Work safe. video contest

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

The 2018 contest launches October 9th!

Cash Prizes

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

We are looking for video entries that will inspire young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. Your video must include the theme: “Speak up. Work safe.” and educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace.

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.

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.

We are looking for video entries that will inspire young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. Your video must include the theme: “Speak up. Work safe.” and educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace.

Below are some helpful examples of situations where you should speak up and what you should say or do.

You certainly do not have to use the exact wording or situations; however, your video’s theme must promote the importance of speaking up to avoid getting hurt on the job.

You should speak up when… Say/do
You see someone doing something that could get them or someone else hurt Let them know you are worried about their safety. Ask them to stop and/or ask them if they need help
You don’t understand how to do a task Ask for help or instruction
You’re asked to do something that you don’t think is safe Don’t perform the task and let your supervisor know you don’t feel safe
A co-worker asks you to do something that you know you’re not supposed to do Advise them on current workplace rules
You’re asked to operate equipment or do a job that the law protects you from doing Don’t perform the task and speak with your supervisor (See list of prohibited and hazardous occupations for those under 18)
You’re hurt or have a “close call” at work Speak to your supervisor immediately and report the incident
You see “an accident waiting to happen” or an unsafe work condition Speak with your supervisor or someone in charge right away

Contest entry form and rules

  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, electronically uploaded, or hand delivered no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
  3. Before you submit your video, you can use this checklist (PDF) to make sure you have met all of the requirements.
  4. The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Submit entries online:
See instructions under Electronic submission in the contest rules

Mail entries to:
Oregon OSHA
Attn: Tawnya Swanson/video contest
PO Box 14480
Salem, OR 97309

Or hand deliver your entry to:
350 Winter Street, 3rd Floor
Salem, OR 97301

For technical information about video production, contact:
Tawnya Swanson
Oregon OSHA

For general information about the contest, contact:
Reva Hartenstein
SAIF Corporation


See our YouTube channel for examples of winning videos

Finalist videos from prior years

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:

Young worker safety and health resources

Young Employee Safety Awareness online training

WorkSafeBC – Young Workers

Oregon OSHA – Young Workers

SAIF – Young Workers

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences – Young Workers

Washington State Labor & Industries – Teen Workers

Federal OSHA – Teen Workers

Federal OSHA – Young Worker Summer Job Safety

Oregon Public Health Division – Young Workers

Sponsored by:

American Society of Safety Engineers Construction Safety Summit logo Central Oregon Safety and Health Association Hoffman Construction Company logo Northern Lights Theatre Pub logo Oregon Farm Bureau Health & Safety Committee OHSU, Oregon Health and Sciences University, logo Oregon OSHA Safebuild Alliance logo SAIF Corporation Oregon SHARP Alliance logo