Another year, another O[yes] video contest!

We are getting down to the wire! The annual “Speak up. Work safe.” video contest, sponsored by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]), submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

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. And as our prior winners know, the top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school. See previous years’ winning videos.

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

O[yes] has emphasized “speaking up” for more than a decade of sponsoring this contest. 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. Do you know an Oregon high school-aged student who likes to make videos or has an interest in workplace safety? Videos can be submitted online or mailed. Learn more.

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