Heat Illness Prevention

Beat the Heat National Contest OSHABeat the Heat National Contest - OSHA

In 2023, OSHA sponsored the ‘Beat the Heat’ communications contest to raise awareness of the dangers and hazards of heat exposure in both indoor and outdoor workplaces. This year, OSHA is sponsoring the ‘Beat the Heat’ photo contest. This photo contest challenges stakeholders to capture an image of how to work safely in the heat and share it with OSHA.

The goal of the photo contest is to highlight and showcase the effective strategies that stakeholders are using to protect workers from the heat. OSHA wants stakeholders to see heat safety in action and be encouraged to adopt similar practices. There are many types of images that would be appropriate for this contest.


Enter Contest

Contest Description and Rules

To participate in this photo contest, stakeholders will submit photos about heat safety in the workplace.

Participants can submit up to a maximum of 5 photographs. These photographs can be submitted via a link (e.g., to a webpage or flickr page), in the webform, or emailed to heatcampaign@dol.gov. Placing the photos into a Microsoft Word document or PowerPoint file is also acceptable.

Requirements for Contest Submissions:

  • Must promote heat safety in the workplace.
  • Must be original creations, not copied from OSHA.gov or any other source, and under the submitter’s ownership and control. Contestant is responsible for getting authorization from the people captured in the photo to use and submit their image in OSHA’s contest and for OSHA’s use. See Written Consent from Personal Identifiable Information under Terms and Conditions below.
  • Photographs must not depict a violation of an OSHA standard, uncontrolled hazard, or any unsafe procedure or practice.
  • Photographs must not endorse or be perceived to endorse a commercial product or service. This includes but is not limited to the display of brand names or trademarks on any people, equipment, or other objects visible in the photograph. Note: OSHA reserves the right to alter any submitted image by blurring identifying brand names, trademarks and other third-party intellectual property.
  • Must submit web form.
  • Entries must be in one of the following formats (weblink, JPG, PNG, Word, PPT).
  • Contestants must acknowledge contest rules and provide contact information.

The entries submitted for this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Beat the Heat Photo Contest do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the USDOL, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or OSHA.

OSHA is open to any photos that demonstrate how workers are being protected in the heat. Below are example ideas for photos, however, this list is not exhaustive:

  • Photos of controls being used to protect workers.
  • Photos of shade structures that workers may be using for protection.
  • Photos that show workers using shade structures during the workday.
  • Photos of training and engagement around the topic of heat.
  • Photos of innovative ways workplaces are cooling workers (i.e., air-conditioned rooms, etc.). 
  • Photos of workers utilizing controls.
  • Photos of how employers are ensuring cold water access outdoors.
Eligibility: Who can participate?

OSHA is encouraging submissions from any industry, such as, general industry, construction, agriculture, retail, warehousing, hospitality, etc. As such, a contest participant (“Participant”) includes private citizens, individual businesses, associations, trade groups, worker centers, unions, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, research groups, state and local government entities, among others.

In the case of a Participant that is a private entity, the entity shall be incorporated/registered in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. In the case of a Participant that is an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, the individual shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Ineligibility:  Who cannot participate?

The following submissions are ineligible for the photo contest, will not be judged, and persons making such submission will not be notified of their ineligibility:

  • The contest is not available for participation by any Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment.
  • OSHA reserves the right to disqualify any submission by an entity with a history of OSHA violations.
  • Submissions from Tik Tok will not be accepted.
  • Reference to specific products or advertisements or links to advertisements are prohibited for this contest. 

If you have questions about your eligibility to participate, please email the OSHA heat campaign at: heatcampaign@dol.gov.


The photo contest is open now and will close on July 19, 2024. Submissions will be reviewed and announced in the summer.


Photos will be judged against the following criteria: 

  • Quality of photograph
  • Suitability for possible use in OSHA publications
  • Clarity of the safety and health information or “message” conveyed 
  • Originality 
  • Creativity 
  • Inclusion of workers, employer, or workplace imagery

OSHA has no obligation to publish or use or retain any photographs you submit or to return any photographs to you. Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received. Winners may be asked for a higher quality version of their images.


The winning and finalist photographs will be displayed prominently on the Photo Contest web page on OSHA’s website. Winners will receive a “Beat the Heat” contest coin.

To participate, enter the submission on this webform located at: National Heat Contest Form. Submissions can also be emailed to heatcampaign@dol.gov. The deadline to submit is July 19, 2024. The winners will be announced by August.

All contest submissions agreed to the contest terms and conditions outlined below.

Intellectual Property
  • Winning submissions will be posted on OSHA's website and announced in Summer 2024.
  • Submissions and winners' names may be used by OSHA (e.g., on OSHA social media accounts, webpages and at events) in connection with this contest and the production, distribution, promotion, broadcast at public meetings/conferences, and online posting thereof.
  • Each submission must comply with federal copyright and trademark law. All of the content in a submission must be the original work of the submitter. The Participant warrants and represents that they are the sole owner of the photographs and have the permission to share the image of the people portrayed in the photographs and to capture the image and location depicted in the photograph submitted for this contest and/or that they have the legal right to share the submitted work with OSHA and grants OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) non-exclusive, unlimited, irrevocable, world-wide, and royalty-free rights to use, namely, to copy, modify, distribute, and publicly display and perform their submission for Government uses and purposes. In addition, the Participant warrants and represents that they are the sole owner of any trademark incorporated or included with their submitted work. As such, the Participant grants OSHA and USDOL a non-exclusive, unlimited, irrevocable, world-wide, and royalty-free license to use such trademark/s for Government uses and purposes.
Written Consent from Personal Identifiable Information

For any submission that contains the name, written statement, and/or photographic image of any identifiable person, the Participant represents and warrants that they have obtained the written permission of that person to use their name, written statement, and or recorded image for the purpose of this contest.

Participants should seek legal guidance if they have questions about using copyrighted, trademarked, or personal identifiable materials in contest submissions.

OSHA reserves the right to alter any submitted image by blurring identifying brand names, trademarks and other third-party intellectual property.

Assumption of Risk, Liability, Indemnity

The Participant agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against OSHA, USDOL, the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in a prize competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

To the extent permissible under federal law, Participant shall indemnify, defend, and hold OSHA, USDOL, the Federal Government, and its agents harmless from and against any and all suits, claims, liabilities, demands, costs, expenses, or damages arising out of submitter's use of the works as provided herein or arising out of the breach of warranty or agreement made by submitter herein.


OSHA and OSHA officials do not endorse any product, service, or enterprise that may appear in submission materials. Furthermore, by recognizing winning submissions, OSHA is not endorsing any products, services, or enterprises that may appear in those submissions.

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The submissions and contest winners do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor or OSHA and reliance on the tools or guidance noted in any submission is not necessarily sufficient to satisfy an employer's obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The submissions are not standards or regulations and create no new legal obligations. Employers should consult OSHA guidance on occupational heat on its heat webpage, particularly its page on employer responsibilities. Additionally, the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations in any submission does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or OSHA.

OSHA has existing resources on hazardous heat at osha.gov/heat

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact heatcampaign@dol.gov