Utah Labor Commission Take Safety Seriously Art Contest 2016

2016 grand prize winning poster

About the School Poster Contest

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 Labor Commission has received a consistent number of school entries from participating local schools. 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.

Entries are judged by a panel of officials from the Labor Commission, based on the artwork's content, originality, execution and relevance to workplace safety.

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

2014-2015 Deadlines Monday October 5, 2015 - Sign up forms returned.
Friday March 11, 2016 - Posters submitted.

Sign-up Form

School Posters - Art Contest Rules

  1. ALL ART POSTER ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE LABOR COMMISSION NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016 TO BE CONSIDERED.

    Entries are to be delivered by mail or in person to:

    Utah Labor Commission
    160 East 300South, 3rd Floor
    P.O. Box 146600
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6600
    Attention: Jake Barnhart

  2. All middle and junior high students - private or public - are eligible to enter.
  3. Students are allowed to create ONE entry per student. The entry must be a two-dimensional drawing or painting no larger than 2' x 3'.
  4. All artwork must be completed by the students.
  5. All posters must be clearly labeled with the student and teacher’s name and school on the back of the poster.
  6. 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.
  7. The entry should communicate the importance of taking safety seriously in the workplace. Suggested industries include: construction, manufacturing, office, mining, service, transportation, and the public sector.
  8. The winning poster will be reproduced as determined by the Labor Commission. 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.
  9. From all submitted entries, there will be approximately 35 posters selected as semi-finalists.
  10. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $500 for the student, as well as a $250 cash prize for the classroom.
  11. 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).
  12. 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).
  13. One additional entry will be selected as a Special Recognition and will receive a cash award of $100.
  14. All of the Honorable Mention and the special recognition winners as outlined above will be featured in the 2017 Workplace Safety Calendar.
  15. Non-placing semi-finalists (remaining 22 entries) will receive a cash award of $50 and a certificate of recognition from the Utah Labor Commission.
  16. EACH SCHOOL ENTERING THE CONTEST WILL RECEIVE A MINIMUM CASH PRIZE OF $300 FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION! (Schools with winners will receive the additional prize money for each student in the top 12!)
  17. 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 approximately 2 months after the competition has ended, so pick-up arrangements from the school can be made.
  18. 18. The winner and top finishers will be notified by email or phone at school’s designated contact or Art Teacher, no later than May 2016.

We welcome your questions or comments

Jake Barnhart
Community Relations/Public Information Officer
jbarnhart@utah.gov
(801) 530-6918