This week is OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down Week, held each year to bring awareness to the leading cause of fatalities for construction employees, falls from elevation. This week, May 8th – 12th nationwide for more information visit OSHA.gov/stopfallsstanddown.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
In central Ohio the team from FallTech has partnered with Ohio Power Tool to be out on jobsites everyday during Stand Down Week for complementary ABCDs of fall protection awareness. All across the country FallTech and others will be offering similar training, this is a very important issue for worker safety, take some time and make sure your team takes advantage of free awareness training this week!