Utah Labor Commission Take Safety Seriously Art Contest 2015

2014 grand prize winning poster

School Poster Contest Introduction

Every year, the Utah Labor Commission engages in a creative and fun state-wide campaign to engage and educate all public and private Middle and Junior High School students about workplace safety through our yearly safety poster contest. The poster contest is designed to help build awareness about workplace safety and health issues by the "Take Safety Seriously" slogan.

During the past several years, the number of school entries has consistently increased to over 1400 posters for the year 2014. In addition to the cash incentives for the participating student and their school, the top 12 school poster winners and their art work are featured in the Utah Workplace Safety and Health Calendar, created and sponsored by the Utah Labor Commission Workplace Safety Program. These calendars are provided free of charge to Utah employers, community organizations, schools or anyone else interested in promoting safety in the workplace.

All of our calendar poster winners strive to illustrate through their art work, the impact accidents have on the quality of life for employees, family and our society as a whole.

For more information, or to obtain free calendars for your business or organization, contact: elenabensor@utah.gov for further details.

Sign-up Form -- This is a fillable form. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Fill out the form and save it to your files and send as an attachment, or print it and send via fax or regular mail.

2014-2015 Deadlines Friday, October 10, 2014 - Sign up forms returned.
Friday, March 13, 2015 - Posters submitted.

School Posters - Art Contest Rules

  1. Every student enrolled in junior high or middle school in Utah – private or public - is invited to participate in the "Take Safety Seriously" art contest.
  2. Students are allowed to create one entry per student. The entry must be a drawing or painting no larger than 2' x 3' and on paper flexible enough to put through a scan.
  3. Artwork can be done using: paints, markers, computer art and\or pen and ink. Collages are welcomed too. Students should keep in mind artwork may be reproduced and full color artwork is preferred.
  4. The entry should communicate the message to "Take Safety Seriously" and express the need for everyone to take safety seriously in the workplace. Suggested sectors include: construction, manufacturing, office, mining, service, transportation, and the public sector.
  5. All artwork must be completed by the students.
  6. All entries will become the sole property of the Utah Labor Commission and may be reproduced by the Commission for any purpose and in any form.
  7. NO COPYRIGHTED IMAGES MAY BE USED. i.e., Disney, TV ads, Cartoon characters, etc. Reproduction of these is a violation of copyright laws and will disqualify the poster.

Judging Details

Teachers will collect the entries and send them to:

Utah Labor Commission
ATTN: Elena Bensor
P.O. Box 146600
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6600

  • Entries may also be hand delivered to our office at:
    Utah Labor Commission, 160 East 300 South, 3rd Floor, SLC Utah
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of officials from the Labor Commission, based on the artwork's content, originality, execution and relevance to workplace safety.
  • The winner and top finishers will be notified by email or phone at school’s designated contact or Art Teacher, no later than May 2015.


  • From all submitted entries, there will be approximately 35 posters selected as semi finalists.
  • The winning entry (Grand Prize) will receive a cash prize of $500 for the student, as well as a $250 cash prize for the classroom. The winning artwork will be reproduced as determined by the Labor Commission to be used for Utah Safety Month promotional materials and safety calendar.
  • The next three runners-up will each receive a cash prize of $300, as well as a $150 cash prize for the classroom (per winning student).
  • Eight additional entries will be selected as Honorable Mention and will receive a cash prize of $200, with a $100 cash prize for the classroom (per winning student).
  • One additional entry will be selected as a Special Recognition and will receive a cash award of $100.
  • All of the Honorable Mention and the special recognition winners (Top 13 entries) as outlined above will be featured in the 2016 Workplace Safety Calendar.
  • Non-placing semi-finalists (remaining 22 entries) will receive a cash award of $50 and a certificate of recognition from the Utah Labor Commission.
  • All winning posters become the property of the Utah Labor Commission AND WILL NOT BE RETURNED. The Non-winning posters will be held at our facility for a short period of time so pick-up arrangements from the school can be made.

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