The Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute has been organising the occupational safety poster competition since 1997. The purpose of the competition is to obtain posters promoting the issues of occupational safety and health protection of man in the working environment.
The competition is organised in cooperation with Academies of Fine Arts (Cracow, Warsaw, Lodz) and under the patronage of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy and Chief Labour Inspector. The participants are artists, professors and students of artistic universities in Poland and abroad. The jury of the competition consists of representatives of artistic professions, science, ministries of health and labour, and trade unions, as well as enterprises whose business is related to the topic of the posters.
Three prizes and five honorary mentions are awarded in the competition, and 50 posters are selected for exhibitions in Warsaw and Cracow.
The 30 editions of the competition, held in 1997-2021 were entitled Stress, Computer, Occupational Risk, Noise, Chemistry, Ergonomics, Agriculture, Building industry, School, Transport, Electricity, Disabled persons, Biohazards, Stop that noise, Young workers - safe start, Lighten the load, Labour culture, Risk, lighting, Maintenance, Active 50+, Stress in 21st century, Computer world, Work and leisure and Safety First, Safe From The Start, The office, Depression, Biohazards today, Industry 4.0.
They gathered about 4 500 designs, and over 1500 were featured in exhibitions and catalogues.
In 2008 the Institute issued PLAKATY/POSTERS - a catalogue of posters devoted to the issues of occupational safety and health protection of man in the working environment, containing 925 pictures of posters from the Institute’s collection, including archived posters – 49 from the pre-war period, 73 from post-war years, and 803 posters from 16 editions of the contest. The catalogue was awarded a honorary mention in the 49th competition „Beautiful Books 2008”.
For all information related to the contest, please contact the curator.
Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute
Czerniakowska 16, 00-701 Warsaw