Jan. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the winners of its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. Prizes totaling $30,000 are being awarded to four entrants who submitted tools that best demonstrate the importance of recognizing and preventing workplace safety and health hazards, and help young people understand their rights in the workplace. Submissions were designed for Internet browsers, smartphones, feature phones and social media platforms, or as native Windows or Macintosh applications.
'With so many outstanding submissions, it was difficult to choose the winners,' said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. 'The winning entries place new technologies in the hands of young workers and their employers, making safety and health resources even more accessible.'
The panel of judges, including co-hosts of the popular Discovery Channel show 'Myth Busters,' Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, selected winners of the 'Safety in the Workplace Innovator Award,' the 'Safety and Health Data Award,' and the 'Workers' Rights Award' from 20 finalists. A 'People's Choice Award' was given to the entry that received the most public votes on the challenge website.
The winning submissions can be viewed at http://www.dol.gov/dol/apps/2013AppWinners.htm. All of the finalists' submissions can be viewed at http://workersafetyhealth.challenge.gov. The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration also will post links to the winning submission on its website.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.