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April 26, 2022
WorkplaceNL announces 2022 student safety video/radio contest winners
St. John’s, NL – WorkplaceNL has recognized three talented students for their creativity in developing student safety video and radio ads.
The winner of the 2022 video category is Natalie Walsh, a grade 11 student at Pasadena Academy, Pasadena. Her video, Speak Up About Safety, addresses the importance of workplace health and safety training. Natalie’s video will be the Newfoundland and Labrador entry in the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s (CCOHS) national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest.
The winners of the 2022 radio ad category are Sydney Durdle and Samantha Burry, grade 12 students at Discovery Collegiate, Bonavista. Their winning entry, Workplace Safety: Not a Game, will be aired on stations throughout the province.
“Congratulations to all students who participated in this contest that focuses on the importance of safety in all workplaces,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for Labour. “The creativity displayed demonstrates that our youth are engaged and passionate about instilling proper work practices and ensuring safe workplaces continue in the future.”
“Our next generation of safety leaders are emerging as creative and informed on what it takes to use safe work practices,” said Dennis Hogan, CEO, WorkplaceNL. “Young workers are typically at higher risk as new workers, and our economy and their future depend on safe and productive workplaces in the years to come. Congratulations to Natalie, Sydney and Samantha, and all those who participated in the contest this year – your video and radio ads will inspire young workers throughout our province.”
The annual Student Safety Video/Radio Ad Contest, open to youth in grades 7-12, encourages students to share their thoughts on workplace safety and injury prevention. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque for their school.
Young workers, aged 15-24 years are typically at higher risk for injury on the job. WorkplaceNL continues to invest in programs that engage youth to become more aware of workplace safety and injury prevention, including the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) 3203 high school course available throughout the province and the free Online Young Worker OHS Course. Young people interested in advancing their safety knowledge are also encouraged to apply for the new Youth Safety Training Bursary.
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